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UAE Puts Primary Vaccination Focus on The Elderly

By: Najla Banimalek, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint

In light of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases over the last two weeks, the Ministry of Health and Prevention has made an announcement regarding the vaccinations. They will dedicate the vaccinations to elderly people, and others with chronic diseases that make them more vulnerable and susceptible to the virus.

Over the next 4-6 weeks, the elderly and those with chronic diseases will have the prime focus. Families are urged to make sure that relatives over the age of 60 are vaccinated, in order to ensure community immunity. 

According to the UAE Population Statistics, there is a current total of 0.54 million people aged 55-64, and 0.14 million people 65 years and over. 

For people with chronic diseases, those who suffer from autoimmune disorders like Type 1 Diabetes, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, or asthma are more vulnerable to the virus, and are considered a part of the priority group. 

This change also falls in line with the UAE’s plan to provide the vaccine to as many people as possible, in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

During this time period, other people may also get the vaccine, but are required to book an appointment prior to going to the hospital. Delays are a possibility if you are not part of the prime focus group.

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