Dubai has launched free vaccination campaign from Wednesday using the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE.
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Dubai launched its Covid-19 vaccination programme Wednesday with a senior citizen and a nurse among the first to be inoculated using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the government said.
Pfizer and BioNTech have said their vaccine is 95% effective in preventing the illness. The United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a part, has been conducting trials on China’s state-backed coronavirus vaccine and earlier this month said the shot protected 86% of people against Covid-19.
Dubai "begins Covid-19 vaccination 'Pfizer-BioNTech' campaign", the Dubai Media Office tweeted, along with pictures of men and women receiving the jab. It added that the first phase of the rollout will target citizens and residents over the age of 60, adults with chronic diseases, people with special needs as well as frontline and other key workers.
Along with the elderly man and nurse, a paramedic, a police officer and a driver were among the first to receive the jab in Dubai, which has said vaccination will be "free of charge" for all citizens and residents.
The first batch arrived on an Emirates cargo flight from Brussels on Tuesday, WAM said.
Where can I get the vaccine?
The vaccinations will be available at six DHA health facilities that include:
• Zabeel Primary Health Care Centre,
• Al Mizhar Primary Health Care Centre
• Nad Al Hamr Primary Health Care Centre,
• Barsha Primary Health Care Centre,
• Uptown Mirdif Medical Fitness Centre, and
• Hatta Hospital
How can I get it?
UAE residents can register and book appointments for vaccination through the DHA app or the DHA’s toll-free number 800 342.