80% of UAE population now fully vaccinated against Covid-19

Eighty per cent is widely regarded as a milestone in the push for 'herd immunity'

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Eighty per cent of the UAE population is now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, new figures show.

Officials on Thursday said 91.32 per cent of the population had received one dose, while 80.29 per cent is fully vaccinated.

The figure of 80 per cent is widely regarded as a milestone in the push for herd immunity.

The Emirates has overseen one of the fastest drives and has administered 19,247,164 vaccines. First, second and booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines are available.

Herd immunity is the point at which enough people have been vaccinated, or have had the disease, to significantly slow its spread in the community.

Regardless of that, health authorities still encourage every person to get fully vaccinated to protect themselves and the people around them.

Children over 12 can take the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, while the Sinopharm vaccine has been approved for children between the ages of 3 and 17 after a successful trial involving 900 children in Abu Dhabi.

To expand the vaccination campaign, authorities in Abu Dhabi are running a Covid-19 vaccination campaign at government offices to make it easier for employees to receive shots or booster doses.

The Department of Government Support, in co-operation with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre, has organised the campaign for all government employees and their families.

In August, the emirate also set up two dedicated walk-in vaccination centres for pupils and teachers.

New teachers, pupils and school employees could get the shot, even if they did not yet have their Emirates IDs.

In early August, authorities also recommended that people in the UAE receive a booster shot if they had their second dose of Sinopharm or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine more than six months ago.

People in groups considered at high risk were advised to get the booster after only three months.

People considered at high risk, including those aged over 60, the disabled and those with chronic diseases, can walk into any of the listed health centres.

All others must book an appointment.

On Thursday, 564 new cases were reported. Active cases in the country dropped to 6,515 as recoveries continued to outpace infections.

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Updated: September 16, 2021, 12:52 PM