UAE Covid vaccine: Pfizer booster after Sinopharm jabs will enhance immunity levels.
ashwani Kumar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-06-15 | Last updated on 2021-06-15 06:28:23
The UAE Capital’s decision to give options of different Covid-19 booster shots to fully vaccinated community members will enhance their immunity levels and offer further protection against the infection, medical experts said.
A fully vaccinated individual – a person who has received both doses of the Sinopharm vaccine – can now receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as a third shot. This development comes just days after the launch of a booster dose of the Sinopharm vaccine via a walk-in facility.
Dr Osama Ahmed El Gharib, medical director, Burjeel Specialty Hospital, Sharjah, termed the availability of different booster dose options as a proactive strategy to further contain the pandemic.
“This is a highly proactive step as international studies show that most of the vaccines are highly efficacious up to six months. A booster dose will enhance the antibodies in the body and provide higher resistance against the infection. This would help in bringing down the chance of a surge in Covid-19 cases in the later stage.”