Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccine: how to book a shot in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and UAE

Injections are available at more than 150 centres and hospitals across the Emirates

The health authorities in the UAE are urging the public to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as cases rise worldwide.

They renewed their call this week after the country exceeded 3,000 daily cases for the first time.

More than 1.8 million vaccine doses were given to Emiratis and residents since the start of a campaign last month.

The UAE authorised use of the Sinopharm vaccine across the country. In Dubai, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is also available to prioritised groups.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to get vaccinated in the Emirates.

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is available at seven Dubai Health Authority facilities. These are: Al Safa Primary Healthcare Centre, Zabeel Primary Healthcare Centre, Al Mizhar Primary Healthcare Centre, Nad Al Hamr Primary Healthcare Centre, Al Barsha Primary Healthcare Centre, Uptown Mirdif Medical Fitness Centre and Hatta Hospital.

Doses are initially available to people over 60, anyone with chronic diseases, people with disabilities, frontline workers and those in essential sectors.

Vaccination for the rest of the emirate's population is planned for April.

How do I register for the vaccine?

The vaccine is available only to Dubai residents who fall into the above categories.

To register, a medical record number with the DHA is needed. This can be created on the DHA website.

After submitting your Emirates ID number, a one-time pin – or OTP – will be sent to your registered mobile number.

The system accepts only people who have a Dubai residency visa. The MRN cannot be created for visa holders of other emirates.