Coronavirus: UAE's Ministry of Health announces list of 7 exemptions from national vaccination programme

The country aims to vaccinate all eligible adults by the end of 2021

The UAE plans to vaccinate all eligible adults against Covid-19 by the end of the year, health officials said on Tuesday.

Officials at the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority urged people to get the vaccine, which is available free of charge.

The country has already administered 11,186,348 doses in a population of about 10 million – one of the highest vaccination rates globally.

However, the Ministry of Health and Community Protection has listed seven categories of people who are exempt from having the vaccine. These are:

  1. Covid-19 patients
  2. Participants in clinical trials
  3. Pregnant women
  4. Those who have received the vaccine outside the country
  5. Anyone who has shown severe sensitivity to vaccines in the past or from any of the components of the vaccines
  6. Patients with a disease that may conflict with the vaccine. Such people will be given an exemption after a medical evaluation
  7. Those who have been infected with the virus and recovered. A doctor’s report is required

Excluded groups can get exemption certificates from accredited centres, clinics and hospitals.

The physician who evaluates the request for exemption will have to submit the medical report to the health authorities for approval.

Applicants will receive a text message informing them if their exemption request has been approved.

The exemption status will show on the Al Hosn app.

Four vaccines are being offered in the UAE: Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V and Oxford-AstraZeneca.

The Sinopharm vaccine is produced locally in the UAE at Emirati drug maker Julphar's plant in Ras Al Khaimah, under the brand name Hayat-Vax.

Updated: May 11, 2021 05:05 PM

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