218 covid vaccination centres planned across UAE

Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI 21 January 2021: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) have joined forces to collaborate on a nationwide campaign to vaccinate at least half of the eligible population against Covid-19 by the end of March.

DoH will provide a number of centres, including drive-through services, with Covid-19 vaccines outside of Abu Dhabi. These will be operated by Abu Dhabi Healthcare Services (Seha) and will increase the number of locations nationally where vaccines are available to 218, including healthcare facilities and majlis.

All UAE citizens and residents 16 years and above are eligible to be vaccinated against the virus, said Wam.

Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, said, “Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to curb the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our community. By joining forces with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, we are accelerating the goal of vaccinating 50 percent of those eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of March. With guidance and support from our wise leadership, vaccination is our choice to triumph over the virus and recover as soon as possible.

“The high turnout we are witnessing across all the centres from those who are choosing to vaccinate is a testament to the trust they place in the measures taken by the UAE government and the efficiency of our healthcare system in protecting the health and safety of our community. This in turn promotes a spirit of optimism and reassurance that recovery is imminent,” he added.

2.16 million doses administered

The vaccine consist of two doses, with the first administered following a health assessment and the second given 21-28 days later.

MoHAP announced that 95,783 doses of the vaccine were given, brining the total number of doses provided up to yesterday at 2,161,150 with a rate of vaccine distribution of 21.85 doses per 100 people.

3,506 new cases, 3,746 recoveries, 6 death

MoHAP conducted 162,945 additional tests and announced 3,506 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of recorded cases in the UAE to 263,729.

MoHAP also announced 6 deaths due to Covid-19 complications, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 762.

The ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the family of the deceased and wished Covid-19 patients a speedy and full recovery. It called on all members of the society to cooperate with health authorities, adhere to the instructions and physical distance to ensure the health and safety of all.

MoHAP also noted that an additional 3,746 individuals had fully recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 235,421.

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