UAE to increase number of covid vaccine centres

Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 14 January 2021: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said that it is now working on a plan to increase the number of centres offering the Covid-19 vaccine following the high turnout of people willing to take the vaccine.

Those wishing to take the vaccine are not required to book prior appointments. Instead, they can go directly to centres, hospitals and councils offering the vaccine, which is free of charge.

“Surpassing the one million vaccine doses administered to the public in a record time is yet another testament to the community’s trust in the efficiency and effectiveness of the measures taken by the UAE government.

“It also strengthens the public confidence in the country’s health system as well as in the capabilities of the UAE to protect the health of its people; enhances the spirit of optimism, and boosts the levels of reassurance that the recovery phase is around the coroner,” the ministry said in a statement carried by Wam.

As soon as the nationwide vaccination drive began, the ministry allocated several centres for obtaining the vaccine and provided these with well-trained cadres as well as with modern medical equipment, in cooperation with health authorities.

The ministry noted that all community groups (citizens and residents) can take the vaccine, especially the elderly and people with chronic diseases. This is to further support the UAE’s comprehensive and integrated efforts being made to enhance the community‚Äôs immunity against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Hussein Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary of Health Centres and Clinics Sector, and Chairman of the National Committee for the Implementation of the Provisions of International Health Regulations and Prevention of Pandemics, affirmed that the ministry is currently working to increase the absorptive and operational capacity in government and private health facilities and add more facilities to receive and accommodate the increasing numbers of community members willing to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

“This comes in line with the directives of our wise leadership, which pays utmost attention to the health of the community and calls to harness all capabilities and resources to immunize the society and provide all safe means to maintain their safety and health,” Al Rand added.

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