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MoPH: Third-dose Qualifiers are at Greater Risk of Severe Covid-19

12 Oct, 2021 08:30 AMGulf TimesIntended Audience
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The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) urged individuals who are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine booster dose not to delay their vaccination appointment to ensure they continue to have high levels of protection against the virus.

Dr. Soha Al Bayat, Head of Vaccination at MoPH, stressed the importance of the booster dose for eligible individuals. "It is clear from the latest clinical evidence that for most people the protective immunity obtained from the first two doses of the vaccine gradually begins to decline after eight months. Everyone currently eligible for a booster dose is considered to be at high risk of severe Covid-19 infection due to either their age or health status. For this reason, it is essential that people act quickly and come forward for their booster dose appointment when invited," she said.

Since 15 September 2021, Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has been administering "Pfizer-BioNTech" and "Moderna" Covid-19 vaccine booster doses to eligible high-risk individuals who had their second dose of the vaccine for more than eight months ago. The eligibility criteria include people over 50 years of age; those who are immunocompromised; and those with chronic conditions which increase their risk for severe Covid-19, regardless of their age.

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