The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has begun vaccinating pregnant women. In an announcement released on June 29, it was confirmed that all DHA vaccination centers across Dubai have started providing the jab, recommending that it be taken after the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.
Pre-registration and booking an appointment through DHA’s smart application or DHA’s WhatsApp on 800342 is needed to receive the vaccination.
Dr Muna Tahlak, CEO of Latifa Hospital for Women and Children in Dubai, said that DHA is continuing to expand its coverage of all social categories and segments eligible to receive the vaccination in the city, in line with a strategic plan rolled out on December 23 last year.
Including pregnant women in the vaccination campaign will shield them from risks of infection and enhance overall levels of protection in the community, she said, adding that the vaccination program is a major step in combating COVID-19.
DHA has reserved the required doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine necessary to vaccinate pregnant women residing in the emirate. Before taking the vaccine, pregnant women, especially those with underlying health conditions, should consult with a specialist doctor who has been monitoring their pregnancy, Dr. Tahlak stressed. The vaccination will be administered in two doses.
The UAE boasts the highest vaccinates rate in the world, with 15.1 million doses administered to its population of some 9 million, or a rate of 155 doses administered per 100 people, according to a tracker run by The New York Times.
Meanwhile, the UAE recorded five COVID-19 deaths on June 29, raising the death toll to 1,807. National newspaper Khaleej Times also reported 2,184 new confirmed cases, while 2,105 patients recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours.