UAE temporarily restricts COVID-19 vaccinations to elderly, chronic diseases

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(Sundiata Post) – United Arab Emirates will temporarily only vaccinate residents and citizens are elderly or have certain conditions, state said on Sunday.

temporary policy change was made following a spike in infections over past weeks “to ensure acquired community immunity and contain disease”, state news agency WAM said, quoting the ministry.

For next four to six weeks authorities will try to vaccinate as many elderly people and people with certain diseases as possible. Some appointments will also be available for population segments, it added.

The move came as daily infections tripled in around six weeks to hit a 3,977 on Feb. 3 in the UAE. The Gulf state has given a breakdown for each emirate.

A vaccine developed by Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) had been made available to all adults in the Gulf state.

Dubai has also made the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines available to citizens and residents of the emirate, with priority given to the eldery, those with chronic diseases and frontline workers.

The healthy ministry reported 3,093 new cases on Sunday.