COVID-19: Dubai rolls out home vaccinations for senior citizens

Dubai's Health and Community Development Authorities have launched a COVID-19 home vaccination drive for senior citizens.

The initiative aims to ensure those who are unable to visit medical centres have easy access to the vaccine.

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is running the campaign with the Community Development Authority (CDA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

Arrangements have been made for senior citizens registered under the CDA to receive the doses at their homes.

The drive has a special focus on individuals with co-morbidities and people at high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19.

It prioritises senior citizens living alone in Dubai, registrants in the CDA’s ‘Live’ homecare programme and those who possess the ‘Thukher’ card.

The CDA said the scheme reflects the high priority given to protecting vulnerable sections of the community, providing senior citizens with the best medical care and quality of life.

It added that the first phase of the campaign is expected to inoculate 8,000 senior citizens.

The UAE has so far administered more than 4.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses as of February 6, at a distribution rate of 42.48 doses per every 100 people, one of the highest in the world.

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