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Watch: Dubai launches drive to administer Covid-19 vaccine to 8,000 senior citizens within their homes

Watch: Dubai launches drive to administer Covid-19 vaccine to 8,000 senior citizens within their homes

The campaign will focus on individuals with co-morbidities and those at high risk of developing severe illness from the virus

Dubai has launched a Covid-19 vaccination drive to inoculate senior citizens within their homes in the emirate.

It aims to ensure that individuals who are unable to visit medical centres have easy access to the vaccine.

The UAE has already administered over 4.3 million Covid-19 vaccine doses as of February 7, at a distribution rate of 43.62 doses per 100 people.

The latest initiative to visit the senior citizens’ homes is being led by the Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP).

The DHA said that it has made arrangements for senior citizens registered under the CDA to receive the vaccine at home. The campaign will focus on individuals with co-morbidities and those at high risk of developing severe illness from the virus. The vaccine is also available to other senior citizens.

According to the CDA, the first phase of the campaign is expected to inoculate 8,000 senior citizens.

The initiative was rolled out shortly after the UAE’s health ministry said that all Covid-19 vaccination centres in the country will temporarily prioritise vaccinating the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

Read: Covid-19 vaccine: Elderly and people with chronic diseases to be prioritised at all centres across the UAE

On February 7, the UAE reported 3,093 additional Covid-19 cases, as a result of 192,241 tests conducted to screen for the virus. The total case count in the UAE has now reached 326,495, which includes 305,759 recoveries and 921 fatalities.

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