The year 2020 is looking to end on a positive note, as Abu Dhabi residents can now register to receive the coronavirus vaccine that was approved by the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) last week.
Residents can apply for the vaccine by calling the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) on 80050, to book an appointment at the healthcare centers and clinics across the capital, or register for the immunization online via Seha’s website.
Last week the Mohap announced the official registration of the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, which is found to be 86% effective against the virus. The vaccine was developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products and has been described as “a major step towards combating the global pandemic.”
The Sinopharm vaccine was reviewed by the Mohap, in collaboration with the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, where extensive analysis showed that an 86% efficacy rate against the coronavirus, according to Wam. Additionally, the analysis highlighted no serious safety concerns found in the relation to the vaccine, a 99% “seroconversion rate”, which refers to how antibodies develop and build up in the body, and a 100% effectiveness in “preventing moderate and severe cases of the disease.”
In September, the vaccine was granted emergency use by Mohap for the protection of frontline workers who have been working tirelessly since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Since the emergency approval, the vaccine has been administered to many frontline medical workers, health officials, emergency service personnel, in addition to a number of government officials.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and HE Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE’s Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development are among the governmental figures to have received the vaccine.
Seha is now taking registrations for residents to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Residents can call Seha on 80050 or apply online. For more information please visit Seha.ae.