Authorities in the UAE have answered some of the frequently asked questions regarding its free Covid-19 vaccinations for residents and citizens.
Below are the questions answered posted on the Dubai Media Office’s Twitter account:
Is vaccination compulsory? What are the procedures for getting the vaccine in Dubai?
The vaccine is free of charge. It’s not compulsory – it’s optional. People can book the vaccination through the DHA app or they can call 800 342 the call centre of the vaccine and by answering certain questions they can get the eligibility for registration of the vaccine.
How long will the vaccination campaign last?
The campaign will last for one year. We are supposed to end by December 2021 once we hit the target – our target is to vaccinate 70 percent of the population of Dubai.
When will the second phase of the vaccination begin? When will everyone be allowed to receive the vaccine?
We are in the first phase of the vaccination which is supposed to end by March 2021 by covering all the priorities categories which were determined. The second phase was supposed to start in April 2021. However, if we could finish the first phase before March we will definitely open the vaccine to everyone who is locals and residents of Dubai.
Who are the people who cannot get vaccinated?
We have several people who are excluded from the vaccine. These are pregnant women, breastfeeding women, women who are planning to get pregnant within the coming three months, and also people who have some immune deficiency disease and people who are severely allergic to the vaccine itself
When can a person who received the vaccine not wear a mask?
Wearing a mask is a must and we ask all the people to wear a mask whether they have been vaccinated or not.
Do you recommend individuals with chronic diseases to get the vaccine?
Covid-19 vacine is designed for so many categories and one of the most important priority is chronic disease – so people with a chronic disease should get a vaccine to protect themselves.
Can I travel after getting vaccinated?
You can travel after getting the vaccine. However, you must make sure that you are available for the second dose which is 21 days after the first dose.
Is it safe to have more than one type of Covid-19 vaccine?
It’s not safe to take different vaccines for the same disease as per the scientific studies that are available.