COVID-19: Dubai expands vaccination drive in partnership with private sector

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As many as 17 private healthcare service providers in Dubai will now provide the COVID-19 vaccine to the public in addition to the DHA's centres.

Apart from citizens and Dubai residence visa holders, GCC nationals who have an Emirates ID, and elderly residents above 60 years who live in Dubai but have a residency of another emirate can also receive the vaccine. 

To book an appointment at any DHA vaccine facility, customers should download the DHA app. Those above 60 years can call 800 342 to book an appointment.

For private health sector facilities, customers must directly contact the facility of their choice to book the vaccine.

The two vaccines currently available are: Pfizer BioNTech and Sinopharm. 

All those who are scheduled to receive the second dose of their Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will continue to receive it. Their appointment will be either in Al Garhoud Medical Fitness Centre or Al Twar Dialysis Centre.

"The vaccines will continue to be provided free-of-cost. Extending the vaccination drive in partnership with private healthcare providers aims to expand capacity and enhance access and convenience for the public," said Dr. Farida Al Khaja, CEO of Clinical Support Services and Nursing Sector at the DHA and Chairperson of the COVID-19 Vaccination Steering Committee.

Al Khaja added that in addition to all these centres, the DHA and Mohammed bin Rashid University for Health Sciences (MBRU) are continuing their Wellness on Wheels initiative which features two mobile clinics that provide vaccination to the elderly, labourers and underprivileged members of society. DHA also has a mobile vaccination drive in place for government agencies. 

Additionally, DHA is providing home vaccination services in cooperation with Dubai Ambulance Corporation and Community Development Authority. 

She added that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is also available at the Dubai Parks Health Centre and Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital. 

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