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Dubai: For those who received their second dose of Sinopharm vaccine six or more months ago, it is important that they get a booster dose by September 20 to maintain the Green Status on the Al Hosn app.

On August 29, the Abu Dhabi Media Office had announced the deadline to get the booster dose for the Sinopharm vaccine for vaccine recipiences who had received the second dose of the vaccine over six months ago. Along with the deadline, they also answered frequently asked questions related to booster doses for other COVID-19 vaccine, which include Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca, on their official social media channels.

As per the Abu Dhabi Media Office announcement, booster doses for other vaccines would be announced by individual health authorities in the UAE.

Also read: Who can get the Pfizer Booster dose in Dubai?

These are some of the questions they answered:

Do I need a booster dose?

Yes, if you received a second dose of Sinopharm vaccine more than six months ago, you must receive a booster dose to enhance your immunity and comply with approved health protocol for each vaccine.

Other vaccinations do not require a booster dose and will be updated following a decision by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) and other health authorities.

When is the deadline to receive a booster dose?

A grace period until September 20, 2021 has been granted to allow all those who have received two doses of Sinopharm vaccine more than six months ago to maintain a green status until they receive a booster dose.

Once I receive the booster dose will my Al Hosn app show a Green status?

Yes, you will maintain the Green status on the Al Hosn app as long as you take a PCR [Polymerase Chain Reaction] test every 30 days.

I can’t access the Al Hosn app, how can I check my status or information?

The Al Hosn app doesn’t just provide you with a Green status, which allows you to access certain places it is also a database of the COVID-19 tests that you have taken. On August 26, Abu Dhabi Media Office provided a few alternative ways in which users can access testing and vaccination information held on the Al Hosn app if they can’t access the app itself.

1. Dial this code

Etisalat users can dial *48*, followed by their Emirates ID number or UID (Unified ID) and then type hash. Once you send this code through your phone, you will receive the latest information on the tests you have taken and their results.

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2. SMS code

Etisalat users can also send an SMS to the number 6336 with the letter R followed by their Emirates ID number or UID (Unified ID).

3. Visit the Al Hosn app

Everyone can also access the Al Hosn app via the website m.alhosnapp.ae

Here, you can enter your Emirates ID number or UID along with your mobile number. You will be sent a one-time password (OTP) to your mobile number. Once you enter it on the website, you will be directed to a landing page which provides you with all the details from Al Hosn, similar to what you would see on the app.