UAE Covid vaccine: Nearly 60% elderly residents get jab – News


Over 3.48 million UAE residents have received the Covid-19 vaccine, a top official has said. This constitutes about 44.89 per cent of the “target”, according to Dr Farida Al Hosni, official spokesperson for the UAE health sector.

More importantly, 57.66 per cent of residents aged over 60 years old have received the jab.

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The elderly and those with chronic diseases are the priority groups to receive the vaccine across the country.

Addressing the weekly Covid-19 media briefing, the official said that 5.66 million vaccine doses have been provided, with a distribution rate of 57.31 per 100 people.

“We confirm the effectiveness and safety of the vaccines that were approved in the country, especially for the elderly and people with chronic diseases. So we advise and encourage everyone to take the vaccine.”

She said that when the majority of the population becomes immune to an infectious disease, it offers “indirect protection for people in the community who are not immune”.

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Ismail Sebugwaawo

A professional journalist originating from Kampala, Uganda, Ismail is a happy father with strong attachment to family and great values for humanity. He has practiced journalism in UAE for the past 13 years, covering the country’s parliament (FNC) and crimes, including Abu Dhabi Police, public prosecution and courts. He also reports about important issues in education, public health and the environment, with a keen interest in human interest stories. When out of reporting duties, he serves the Ugandan community in Abu Dhabi as he wants to see his countrymen happy. Exercising and reading are part of his free time.

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