The UAE government had recently announced the approval of Covid-19 vaccines for front-line workers. Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, said the findings of studies during the concluding stages of phase III clinical trials show that the vaccine is useful and has a strong response, producing antibodies to the virus. And since then, a lot of updates have come about the vaccine. Here’s everything you need to know about.
For trials, more than 31,000 of 125 nationalities have come forward to volunteer for the inactivated Covid-19 vaccine’s phase 3 clinical trials in the UAE. All side effects have been mild and similar to those that come with any other vaccine. In terms of the vaccination, for now, only front-line workers are allowed to take the vaccine. Since they are at the highest risk of contracting the virus. This decision will make sure to protect them from dangers and improve safety.
Senior UAE Ministry of Health Officials Receive Vaccine On Monday
As per the latest developments, Senior UAE Ministry of Health officials have received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine on Monday. The three officials are Dr Hussein Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for the Health Centers and Clinics Sector; Awad Al Ketbi, Assistant Undersecretary for the Support Services Sector; and Dr Yousef Al Serkal, Director General of the Emirates Corporation for Health Services and Assistant Undersecretary for the Hospital Sector.
Teachers And Their Immediate Family Members Can Avail The Covid-19 Vaccine
For front-line workers, Abu Dhabi has also announced that teachers of public schools have an option to register for a Covid-19 vaccine that is being trialled in four Arab countries, including the UAE. Principals of the schools have received an official circular about the same. The circular states that teachers and other academic staff have been included among the priority groups for getting the Covid-19 vaccine. It also includes their family members (first-degree) who are aged above 18 years. Taking the Covid-19 vaccine is optional for those who are eligible. Authorities also told the teachers willing to take the vaccine to register before September 24.
Front-line Workers In Oman To Be The First In The Country To Receive Vaccine
In Oman, healthcare workers, police and military personnel will be the first to receive the covid-19 vaccine. Dr Mohammed bin Saif Al Hosani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, said in that statement that Oman will receive 10 per cent of the vaccine from GAVI before the end of this year, and the remaining 10 per cent from other vaccine manufacturers in the same period.
“This means the Sultanate will have 20 per cent of the vaccines before the end of this year. Health workers, police, and military personnel who work on the frontline will take it first.”
The local citizens from all the Emirates are not eligible for the vaccination for the time being. The front-line workers are the ones who can avail the vaccine for now.