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Are you due for your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s what you need to know.
Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary | Gulf News
Filed on 2021-02-16 | Last updated on 2021-02-16 10:44:03
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As the UAE’s national vaccine campaign against COVID-19 progresses, over five milliion doses have been administered to UAE residents, free-of-charge in the last two-and-a-half months. Which means over 50 individuals per 100 people have received the vaccination. In the past 24 hours, as many as 103,469 residents have been vaccinated so far in the UAE, according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UAE is the second highest in the world in cumulative vaccine distribution rate.
 
The vaccination campaign, which kiched off in December 2020, will continue until December 2021, for a whole year. Giving this information while briefing the media, Dr Farida Al Khaja, chairperson of the COVID-19 steering committee at the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said the vacciantion seeks to cover nearly 70 per cent of the population. The first phase of the campaign ends by March 2021 and the second phase will begin by April 2021.
 
UAE residents who received their first dose in December and January have already received their second dose. However, a large number of those who received their first dose in the second week of February are waiting for their second dose to take place in the stipulated 21 days. With many queries coming up in the process, Gulf News spoke to Dr Gunjan Mahajan, specialist clinical pathologist at Burjeel and Medeor Hospitals, to provide credible answers.
 
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Source : Gulf News