Dubai: The UAE has administered more than 4.008 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and achieved a distribution rate of 40.53 doses per every 100 people.
Crossing the four million does mark comes as result of the efforts made at the country level to contain the pandemic, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced today.
"Crossing the four million mark adds to the UAE's track record and comes as part of the country's keenness to provide vaccines to all members of the society," said Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention.
He attributed the achievement to the determination and diligent efforts made by the nation's medical teams under the directives and constant support of the country's wise leadership.
"The rapid and effective rollout of the COVID vaccines is a testimony to the success of the National Vaccination Programme launched by the country to ensure the vaccine availability in most of the government and private health establishments and centres in order to make it easier for the largest segments of society, including Emiratis and residents, specially the elderly, people with chronic diseases and front-line heroes, with the ultimate goal of ensuring acquired immunity across the nation to help curb the disease and stem its fallout."
The Minister highlighted the growing demand for the vaccination among the general public, describing the UAE society's positive response to the inoculation drive as reflective of the public trust in the State's capabilities to ensure public health and safety.
He underlined the importance of the UAE people continuing to display full commitment to COVID-19 countermeasures in order to safeguard the society against any new coronavirus strains.
Not everyone can get vaccinated
While authorities are getting the vaccines out at record pace, it is not available to everyone. The list includes pregnant women and those breast feeding.
Vaccinated doesn't mean no precautions
Authorities have been quick to point out that being vaccinated doesn't mean that you cannot catch or spread infection. They've therefore stressed over and over again that people need to maintain precautionary measures set before them, which includes wearing masks and maintaining a safe distance from others.