Qatari Citizen Dr. Abdulla Al Kubaisi is First Person in Qatar Who Received COVID-19 Vaccine​​

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Qatar has started administering the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine and initiated its vaccination campaign yesterday morning at seven designated health centers in the country.  

Among the first to receive the vaccinations were selected patients and contacted by phone or SMS.

Commenting on the start of the vaccination campaign, Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamad Al-Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, said:  “As directed by His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani,  we have worked hard, along with our partners across government, since the early stages of vaccine development at the start of the pandemic to ensure Qatar was among the first countries in the world to provide a safe, effective and approved COVID-19 vaccine totally free for its population.

The vaccination of Dr. Abdulla Al Kubaisi marks the start of a what will be the largest national vaccination program in the history of our country.” 

At around 8.45am, Dr. Al Kubaisi, a 79-year-old Qatari citizen and former university professor, became the first person in Qatar to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. He was vaccinated at Al Wajba Health Center and was the first of several hundred people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on the first day of Qatar’s vaccination campaign.

“I am proud and honored to be the first person to be vaccinated in Qatar,” Dr. Al Kubaisi, a former Qatar University professor, said following his vaccination. “This has been a very difficult year for me and my family, living with the constant threat of the virus and fear for my health. I would like to thank the leadership of our country for their actions to confront the COVID-19 pandemic and for their efforts in bringing the vaccine to Qatar so quickly.”

“I have listened to the advice and instructions from health officials throughout this pandemic and they have my full trust. Receiving the vaccine has given me hope for a gradual return to normal life. I encourage anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine to embrace the opportunity and get the vaccine as soon as possible,” added Dr. Kubaisi.

Following the vaccination of Mr. Al Kubaisi, Mr. Mohammed Frazat, an 88-year-old Syrian resident, became the second person in Qatar to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

During the first phase of the campaign vaccines will be prioritized for those most at risk of severe complications from the virus: people 70 years of age and older, those with multiple chronic conditions and healthcare workers with repeated exposure to COVID-19.

“The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine we are utilizing has met all safety and efficacy standards and has been approved by the European Union's medicines regulator, the European Medicines Agency, the United States Food and Drug Administration, and the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Control for emergency use,” said Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal, Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on COVID-19 and Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation. 

A senior official at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has re-assured that the vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech is safe and has passed all regulatory approvals. 

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has proven to be 95 percent effective in global trials, where two doses are administered three weeks apart.

Vaccinations are administered on a voluntary basis and provided free of charge, according to Dr. Abdullatif al-Khal, Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on Covid-19.

“The initial shipment of Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines arrived in Qatar on Monday and provides enough vaccines for those people most at risk. The Ministry of Public Health’s strategy will enable everyone in Qatar to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2021, but for now we must prioritize people most at risk from severe complications and death from the virus,” explained Dr. Al Abdulla.

“Initially, vaccines will be prioritized for three key population groups:

• people over 70 years of age

• people with multiple chronic conditions

• key healthcare workers with repeated exposure to COVID-19

 

Citizens and residents within these priority groups will be contacted by text messages and telephone calls from a PHCC health professional to arrange their vaccination appointment,” added Dr. Al Abdulla.

In the first phase of the vaccination campaign the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines will be given to the priority population groups at seven PHCC health centers: Al Wajba, Leabaib, Al Ruwais, Um Slal, Rawdat Al Khail, Al Thumama and Muaither.

Source: Ministry of Public Health

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