High-risk individuals urged to get booster shot after 3 months


Health authorities in the UAE are advising individuals falling under the high-risk category to take their booster shots three months after getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

All others are eligible for the booster shots six months after the second dose.

The reminder was issued during the government's COVID-19 weekly media briefing on Tuesday.

The high-risk category generally includes individuals with chronic diseases and elderly people.

Officials highlighted how vaccines can prevent infections, complications and hospitalisation.

It can also reduce hospitalisation time and the need for ventilators.

During the latest briefing, officials explained how the anti-viral drug Sotrovimab has been playing crucial role in saving lives.

"It also reduced the hospitalisation period by 20% and was given to 13,000 people in the UAE," said Dr. Noura Al Ghaithi, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Ambulatory Healthcare Services at SEHA.

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