Coronavirus: UAE vaccine centres to prioritise elderly over next six weeks

Temporary measure to protect more vulnerable groups amid a rise in Covid-19 infections

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Vaccination centres in the UAE will focus on inoculating the elderly and people with chronic diseases to prioritise their protection amid a rise in Covid-19 cases.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention announced the move on Saturday, as part of efforts to focus on more vulnerable groups in the next four to six weeks.

People who do not fall into these categories can still receive the vaccine after booking an appointment in advance.

"The ministry called on the families of the elderly and people with chronic diseases to urge them to vaccinate to preserve their health and safety," Wam reported.

On Saturday, health officials said more than 190,000 vaccine doses had been given to UAE residents in the previous 24 hours. The Ministry of Health said the total provided so far stood at 4,201,347. That equates to 42.48 doses per 100 people.

The UAE reported 3,276 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday and a further 12 deaths.