Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority launches major vaccination drive

The authority has set up an in-house vaccination centre to serve 30,000 employees and their families

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority has launched a major drive to vaccinate thousands of its staff against Covid-19.

The public transport body has joined forces with Dubai Health Authority to immunise 30,000 staff – including taxi and bus drivers – and their families.

An in-house vaccination centre has been set up to inoculate up to 1,500 people each day.

The UAE has embarked on a campaign to vaccinate half of the population by the end of next month.

As of Monday, more than 4.4 million doses of vaccine have been given to members of the public – representing 44.63 doses per 100 people.

A number of private businesses and government departments have organised for their workforce to be vaccinated.

This week, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge said 15,000 staff members – about 60 per cent of the total staff – received their first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine during a voluntary vaccine drive.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai is leading a vaccination campaign for school employees.

Last month, a company in Dubai told The National that it had vaccinated most of its staff, after being badly hit by the pandemic last year.

Deco Emirates and Carrara, a shopfitting company, said at the time that 560 of its 660 workers had received at least one dose of the Sinopharm vaccine since late December.