The health authorities said the body's immune system recognises the foreign organism and produces antibodies to fight it.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) revealed that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine would be available in its affiliated centres for those wishing to strengthen their immunity or obtain the third booster six months after taking the second dose of the Sinopharm vaccine.
“Despite the low number of positive cases among children, vaccination is very important due to the return of students to schools next year,” the official said during the briefing.
The authorities urged everyone to book an appointment with the Department of Health, or the contact the health centre directly.
Dr.Al Khaja also said that easy access to the vaccine by increasing vaccination centres and introducing the home service support the DHA’s goal of vaccinating 100% of the eligible population in Dubai by the end of 2021.
The companies have sold the vast majority of their doses to rich countries, leaving low-income nations in the lurch, said the People's Vaccine Alliance (PVA), a coalition campaigning for wider access to COVID vaccines...
Under the deal struck with the global Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), Pfizer -- which also produces one of the most widely-used Covid vaccines with German lab BioNTech -- will not receive royalties from the generic manufacturers, making the treatment cheaper.
Seha in collaboration with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, has announced the availability of the Pfizer vaccine in all Seha drive-through services centres and vaccination centres across the country.
However, this protocol does not apply to the groups who have received Pfizer-BioNTech or Sputnik booster doses after being fully vaccinated with Sinopharm.
The decision came after a study involving 3,100 children aged between 5 and 11 who were administered with the vaccine found it to be 90.7% effective in that age group, said the statement, citing the National Health Regulatory Authority.