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Dubai: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA), in coordination with Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management and the COVID-19 Command and Control Centre announced the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. If you would like to get vaccinated, here is all you need to know about the vaccine in Dubai.

COVID-19 vaccine appointment

1. Download the DHA smartphone app.

2. Login using your DHA Account or UAE Pass.

3. Select “BOOK COVID-19 VACCINE”

4. Follow the symptom checker process. Answer the questions carefully to determine your eligibility for taking the vaccine.

5. Schedule your appointment by choosing the nearest centre and the suitable time

6. Review the details and confirm your appointment

7. You will receive an SMS to confirm your appointment. Please read the consent form before attending the clinic.

Which vaccine is available?

The Dubai Health Authority is offering the following vaccines:

Sinopharm

Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine

Oxford-AstraZeneca

Where can you go to get the vaccine shot?

The number of centres offering the vaccine in Dubai has increased to 120. Get a complete list of all the centres here.

Who can get the vaccine?

UAE residents can register and book appointments for vaccination through the DHA app or the DHA’s toll-free number 800 342. However, you would need to fall under the category of individuals targeted in Phase 1 of the vaccine roll out.

According to DHA, vaccines are being administered on a priority basis to the following categories:

1. UAE nationals

2. Frontline and vital sector employees

3. People of determination

4. Residents who are 60 years and above and residents with chronic diseases who hold a valid residence permit issued by Dubai.

While making the appointment, DHA informs applicants that the next phase of the vaccine roll-out, where members of the public can register, will be announced at a later date.

What is the minimum age to get the vaccine?

Age group-based eligibility:

Sinopharm — For those who are 16 years and above.

Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine — For those who are 18 years and above.

Oxford-AstraZeneca — For those who are between 18 and 60 years.

Is the vaccine mandatory?

Responding to some frequently asked questions, the Dubai Media Office provided the following information on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Is the vaccine voluntary or compulsory in Dubai?

The vaccination is voluntary for all residents and citizens.

Can a person who was infected with COVID-19 take the vaccine?

Yes, but he/she will need to take the vaccination after three months from the date of infection.

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If someone has taken any other vaccine other than the COVID-19 vaccine (for example, the influenza vaccine), is it safe to take the COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes, but you need to wait for more than four weeks after the influenza vaccine to be able to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Am I exempt from taking a PCR test for travel purposes or for pre-surgical procedures in Dubai if I have taken the COVID-19 vaccine?

No, you are not exempt. For the time being, everyone is required to follow policies and regulations that are related to COVID-19 testing and screening in Dubai.

Can I stop wearing a face mask after taking the COVID-19 vaccine?

Everyone is required to follow all the precautionary measures set, including wearing a face mask after taking the COVID-19 vaccine.