Qatar inoculates 10% of target group, adds more COVID-19 vaccine centers

  • 3 months   ago
The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) announced its commitment to carry out the largest vaccination campaign to eradicate coronavirus (COVID-19) in the State of Qatar since last month to date, to vaccinate all targeted groups in the country.

Barely more than a week after starting its largest vaccination campaign in history, Qatar has inoculated 10 percent of the initial target group and added more centres to distribute the vaccine, a senior health official said.

The target group includes:

• people aged above 65 years (initially 70)
• frontline healthcare professionals
• hospital workers
• first responders
• people aged 16 and above with severe and chronic diseases

According to Dr Maryam Abdulmalik, the Director General of the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), three more PHCC centres started providing the vaccine from Monday, such as:

• Qatar University
• Al Waab
• Al Khor started providing the vaccine

The seven other centers already providing the vaccine are:

• Al Wajbah
• Leabaib
• Al Ruwais
• Umm Salal
• Rawdat Al Khail
• Al Thumama
• Muaither

“Ultimately, we will have (the vaccine) in all health centres,” Dr Abdulmalik added.

Patients who have been selected will be contacted by phone/SMS to advise them of their selection for the vaccine and invited to attend an appointment at one of the 10 designated health centers. 

"Qatar's strategy will enable everyone to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in 2021, but for now with a limited quantity of vaccines, we must prioritise people most at risk from severe complications and death from the virus," said Dr Abdullatif al-Khal, chair of the National Health Strategic Group on Covid-19 and head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation.

Source: Ministry of Public Health