Published: 2021-03-03 09:51
Last Updated: 2021-04-14 18:45
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Tuesday expanded the eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccinations to include resident visa holders above 40 years old and Emiratis over 16 years old, as reported by the state news agency WAM.
The announcement was made after the Emarati National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) announced that it has successfully vaccinated 46.6 percent of the UAE’s population.
Residents of any of the seven emirates over the age of 60 can also now apply for vaccination at DHA centers, if they currently live in Dubai. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nationals that hold a valid Emirati identification card can also apply for vaccination at DHA centers. Residents over 16 years old can apply to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
The chief executive of DHA’s Clinical Support Services and Nursing Sector and chair of the COVID-19 Vaccination Steering Committee Farida Al Khaja said the expansion of the vaccination campaign is based on a national strategic plan, which aims to inoculate 70 percent of the population by December.