Precautionary measures for Omicron in place: UAE

DG Staff

ABU DHABI 22 December 2021: Dr. Noura Al Ghaithi, spokesperson of the Health Sector, said 100 per cent of the population in UAE has received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, and 91.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

“Due to the directives of the UAE’s leadership and the efforts of the national vaccination campaign, vaccines have been provided on a wide scale all around the country and to all segments of the community who are eligible to take the vaccine. Today, the country’s vaccination rate is getting higher, which will ensure the collective immunity of the community and supports the country’s recovery efforts,” she added.

She explained that the booster shot is a major factor in protecting public health and the community’s safety and plays a crucial role in boosting collective immunity, especially during the current conditions.

“Studies have shown vaccines and booster doses significantly contribute to reducing the disease’s effects and play a major role in countering variants,” she stated. She urged all individuals aged 18 or over who are eligible to take the vaccine to head to the nearest vaccination centre and take the booster shot six months after taking the second dose of the vaccine.

Al Ghaithi said the health sector, in cooperation and coordination with its partners, is closely monitoring the pandemic in countries witnessing the emergence of variants, so those wishing to travel must monitor all information related to these countries.

Being vaccinated does not exempt people from adhering to the precautionary measures, such as wearing face masks, sanitising and keeping a safe physical distance, she added.

Al Ghaithi stressed the importance of social responsibility and the critical role of community members in helping preserve the country’s achievements during the crisis. She urged the entire community to cooperate with the national efforts and adhere to precautionary measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, by wearing face masks, regularly sanitising and avoiding crowded areas.

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