COVID-19 Vaccines in UAE: All Your Doubts and Questions Answered

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Vaccines offer the most effective method to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. It will help protect us and others from the SARS-CoV-2 virus which has infected over 90 million people and killed nearly 2 million worldwide.

The virus can be fatal, so there is every reason to get vaccinated against COVID-19. We have put together all the questions surrounding the vaccine and the vaccination process to make an informed decision. It will also allay your fears.

Should I take the COVID vaccine?

Yes. A vaccine is the only way to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

What are the vaccines in UAE?

Sinopharm of China and Pfizer-BioNTech of the United States.

What vaccine is administered at Seha’s facilities in Abu Dhabi?

The facilities of the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) deliver Sinopharm, an inactivated vaccine. The vaccine was registered in the UAE on December 9, 2020, following phase III clinical trials in Abu Dhabi.

How effective is the Sinopharm vaccine?

Trials of the Sinopharm vaccine in the United Arab Emirates have shown an 86% efficacy against SARS-CoV-2, according to Abu Dhabi Health Services Company.

What is the vaccine administered by the Dubai Healthcare Authority?

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

How effective is the Pfizer vaccine?

At least two analyzes of preliminary data in phase III trials have shown that Pfizer vaccine is over 90% effective and safe.

Who should get vaccinated?

The vaccine is recommended for most people aged 18 and over.

Who should not get the vaccine?

Children under the age of 18 should not receive the vaccine because there is not enough data on the effect of the vaccine on them.

Pregnant women and nursing mothers will not receive the vaccine. The same goes for women who plan to get pregnant in the next three months, according to the Dubai Health Authority.

Will the vaccine protect the elderly?

It will be. Efficacy in people over 65 was found to be 94%. The Pfizer trials included participants aged up to 85 years. The vaccine has not been tested in people over 85 years old.

Why is the vaccine not given to children?

Because it is not known if the vaccine will protect children. The Pfizer trials only included people aged 18 or older. In September, children under 16 were included. A new trial on children as young as 12 has now been launched.

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What is the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccine is free in the UAE.

Is vaccination compulsory in the UAE?

COVID-19 vaccination is voluntary for residents and citizens.

How do I get the vaccine?

In Abu Dhabi, no appointment is required. People can go directly to designated facilities during working hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) to register and get immunized immediately. Remember to take your Emirates ID.

In Dubai, people need to register through the DHA app or call 800342.

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine in Abu Dhabi?

Seha administers COVID-19 vaccines in many places. These include three major vaccination centers.

  • Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal
  • Al Ain Convention Center
  • Dubai Parks and Complexes Field Hospital

How to book an appointment for a vaccine in Abu Dhabi?

You can call the free number Seha or 80050 or visit www.seha.ae to make an appointment.

Vaccination procedure in Abu Dhabi

■ Your vital signs will be checked first – blood pressure, height, weight and temperature.
■ Women will also need to take a pregnancy test.
■ You will undergo an assessment to confirm your eligibility and sign a consent form.
■ You will receive the first dose.
■ You will need to wait at the vaccination center for 15 minutes for a post-vaccination assessment.
■ Once you are cleared, you will be given the second appointment, which will be three to four weeks after the first dose.

Where to get COVID-19 vaccine in Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah?

You can get vaccinated for free at these locations in Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain

Am I eligible for the first phase of vaccinations?

In Dubai, the Pfizer vaccine is being rolled out for high-risk people and frontline workers. They include the following:

  • Seniors and residents over 60
  • People with chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver and kidney disease, high blood pressure, obesity and people with a BMI of 35 or more.
  • Frontliners in the public and private sectors
  • People of determination
  • Employees in sensitive and vital positions

I had COVID-19. Can I take the vaccine?

Yes. But the person should not be vaccinated until after three months from the date of the coronavirus infection. The chances of re-infection are very low in the first three months because the body will have antibodies that fight the virus during the infection.

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Is it safe to take the COVID-19 vaccine if I am vaccinated against the flu?

Yes. But the COVID-19 vaccination should only be taken after four weeks after the flu shot.

Can I take two different types of COVID-19 vaccines?

No, it is not safe to take two different types of COVID-19 vaccination.

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Is it safe for people with chronic illnesses to get vaccinated?

Yes. The vaccine is safe and effective for people with chronic illnesses. But please consult your doctor before taking any vaccines to avoid complications resulting from your condition or your medications.

I take several medications. Is it safe to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Consult your doctor before deciding to take the vaccine. The doctor will check your medical history and your medications. Also tell the doctor if you have any allergies.

  • You must inform the doctor before vaccination
  • If you have a history of diabetes or cardiovascular disease
  • If you have an immunodeficiency disease or any medicine that weakens your immunity.
  • If you are allergic to any vaccine, food, drug or substance.
  • If you have auto-injectable epinephrine.
  • If you have a fever or any of these symptoms.

Dubai vaccination procedure

■ Register via the DHA app or call 800 342
■ If you meet the criteria, you will receive an SMS with instructions and advice
■ When you arrive at the vaccination center, your vital signs will be checked
■ Read the consent form
■ You will receive the first dose of the vaccine
■ You will receive an SMS 15 minutes after the vaccination
■ The SMS will provide the details of your vaccination certificate as well as the date and time of the second dose of vaccination.
■ You must wait at the clinic for 20 minutes after vaccination
■ The second dose will be given after 21 days

How many doses are needed?

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two injections, spaced 21 days apart, to prepare the immune system to fight the coronavirus. The effectiveness after the first dose is 52%, and it increases to about 95% after the second dose, according to the doctor. New York Times.

Can I delay my second dose or postpone my vaccination date?

To get the most benefit from the vaccine, the second dose should be given as scheduled.

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What happens if people miss their second dose?

Two doses are needed and the second is needed to achieve full immunity.

How will you feel after the vaccination? Are there any side effects?

There will be very mild side effects like with any vaccine when the immune system is activated. Symptoms include low fever, headache, muscle pain, chills, and fatigue. This is because the immune system responds to the vaccine. Please note that this does not mean you have a COVID-19 infection.

If I am vaccinated, am I exempt from a PCR test for travel or pre-surgical procedures in Dubai?

No, there is no exemption.

Can I stop wearing a face mask after taking the COVID-19 vaccine?

No, you will have to continue to wear the face mask and you must follow all precautionary measures unless there is another official instruction or announcement from the health authorities.

How long will the immunity last?

The vaccine provides immune memory, which is the ability of the immune system to quickly recognize and attack a pathogen that the body has already encountered. The vaccine can do this if it encounters the coronavirus again. But how long will this happen? It’s hard to say since the vaccine was only recently deployed.

Do I have to resume a normal life after vaccination?

All safety protocols and infection control measures should be strictly followed even after vaccination. So continue to wear masks, wash your hands frequently, and observe social distances.

Will the vaccines protect against the new variant?

Vaccines need to protect against the new strain as it targets the spike protein, although more evidence is needed. When other mutations occur, the vaccine may need to be changed.

How long will immunity develop after vaccination?

Immunity develops within four weeks of the first dose.

Will the vaccine end the pandemic?

Not very soon, but it will ultimately help end the pandemic. Even though vaccines stop transmission and stop symptoms, high levels of immunity are needed to break the chain of transmission. It is therefore difficult to set a timetable for the end of the pandemic.

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