The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced on Tuesday, March 2, that all valid Dubai resident visa holders aged 40 and above can register to get the jab against Covid-19 at DHA facilities. The announcement has come under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The expansion of the vaccination campaign follows the Vice President’s instruction to adopt comprehensive measures to protect the community from coronavirus and maintain health and safety at the highest level.
DHA also said that a Dubai resident aged 60 and above with a valid resident visa of any emirate can register for the inoculation. However, the resident should prove about residing in Dubai.
The authority has also made some changes in the age limits to define eligibility for the vaccination. Now, an individual aged 16 and above can also receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Previously, an individual must had been 18 years old at least. Similarly, for receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, one’s age should be 18 and above, instead of 18-65 years.
The additional categories of the population in the inoculation program also include GCC citizens with a valid UAE ID.
According to Dr. Farida Al Khaja, CEO of DHA’s Clinical Support Services and Nursing Sector and Chairperson of the COVID-19 Vaccination Steering Committee this current expansion of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign “is based on a strategic plan developed by the Authority late last year, which outlines progressive phases and timelines based on global best practices and guidelines”.
The residents with a valid Dubai resident visa with chronic diseases and the individuals falling in the people of determination category (16 years and above), frontliners, and vital sector workers can also get the jab.
The eligible candidates can book a vaccination appointment through the DHA app or DHA Contact center.