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Here’s how you can get Covid-19 vaccination free-of-cost in Dubai

24 December 2020

The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai has begun an extensive Covid-19 vaccination program using the vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech free of charge.

The first phase of the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign will target four main categories – the first category includes Emirati & resident elders aged 60 years and above, people with chronic diseases, people of determination, frontliners & vital-sector workers,” the Dubai Media Office mentioned in a tweet.

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) announced that emergency registration of the vaccine has been approved. The decision follows request from Pfizer for approval, so that the vaccine can be imported.

How to book a vaccine in Dubai?

Dubai has announced free roll-out of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 from 23rd December. However, there are some protocols that need to be followed by nationals and residents when booking an appointment with the healthcare centres.

  1. Book an appointment through the DHA smartphone app or call the hotline number 800342 and the IVR guides you to a voice which explains the phased manner in which the vaccination is being rolled out, prioritizing senior citizens, which include Dubai residents with a valid visa and anybody over the age 18 with chronic illness.
  1. A Dubai Health Authority (DHA) official explained that to book an appointment, the residents should provide them with Medical Record Number (MRN) first.
  1. Those who do not have an MRN, should write to [email protected] to book an appointment, submitting a photocopy of the Emirate ID (both front and back), mentioning the mobile number.
  1. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be available across four health centers in Dubai, namely, the Al Barsha Centre, Zabeel, Al Mamzar, Uptown Mirdiff Medical Fitness Centre, Hatta Hospital, and Nad Al Hammar.

Momentum for the vaccine drive picked up pace following the statement issued by the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management which said that extensive vaccination campaign against Covid-19 will kick off in the emirate on Wednesday.

This is the second voluntary vaccine drive in the country after the UAE began administering China’s Sinopharm vaccine to all nationals and residents free of cost from 9th December.

The Sinopharm vaccine is 86 percent effective, while the Pfizer test results indicate that its coronavirus vaccine is 95 percent effective in preventing Covid-19 after two doses of administration, which is to be done 21 days apart, and so far, no the tests have not shown any serious safety concerns.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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