The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) says frontline workers at Sharjah International Airport have been receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
The move is in line with the directives of the UAE's leadership to provide the highest levels of safety and protection to the country’s vital sectors, including aviation.
The vaccine has been administered to the employees in cooperation with the Sharjah government.
The Director of Sharjah Medical District, Mohammed Abdullah Al Zarouni, said the drive aims to safeguard the health and safety of the frontline workers.
Al Zarouni added, "Having identified the target groups, the dose, and the immunisation system, the vaccination is provided in accordance with evidence-based scientific rules, quality control procedures, and the internationally approved protocols which include the constant medical follow-up and the monitoring of any side effects that may occur."
Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah International Airport, underlined that the approval of the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine is a new milestone for the UAE.
Al Midfa said, "We are pleased to be the first authority in Sharjah that provides COVID-19 vaccine to frontline staff members who are in direct contact with travellers, especially because Sharjah Airport is the main gateway to the emirate and receives travellers from all over the world. We fully recognise our great responsibility to ensure the health and safety of everyone, and we’ll continue to adopt all precautionary measures that guarantee public health and safety."