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Covid-19 Booster Shot Delivery for Seniors in Qatar-Doha News

Hamad Medical Corporation is launching an initiative to provide high-risk people with Covid-19 vaccine booster shots at home.

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced that more than 125,000 Covid-19 booster shots have been administered in the past week alone due to increased demand for vaccine doses.

The ministry’s enthusiasm for providing large numbers of booster shots has increased in response to the country’s surge in infections over the past month. To control the third wave that hits Qatar, MoPH announced that it is now possible to bring Covid vaccine boosters home for specific demographics of the population that identify sick and elderly people. Did.

Dr. Soha Al-Bayat, Head of Vaccination at MoPH, emphasized the need for boosters 6 months after the second vaccination.

She states: “There is clear evidence from multiple national and international studies that the protective immunity obtained with the first two doses is reduced 6 months after the second dose. Booster doses are COVID. It significantly enhances personal protection against -19, providing approximately 75% protection against mild to moderate infections and 90% or more protection against severe infections or deaths. “

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Qatar has experienced a surprising surge in Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks after the rapid epidemic of Omicron variants. On Wednesday, January 12, MoPH recorded 4,206 new infections. This is the largest number of Covid cases enrolled in Qatar since the start of the 2020 pandemic.

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The Ministry of Health encourages citizens and residents to take booster shots as soon as possible so that the side effects of the third dose do not exceed the side effects of the first or second dose.

Earlier, Dr. Abdullatif al-Kal, a senior health official, emphasized that booster immunization significantly increases antibodies.

“Side effects after the second dose include pain at the point where the needle was injected, mild fever, headache, malaise, etc. Some had side effects for 2-3 days and immediately responded to Panador. No serious side effects have been reported to MoPH, “explained Dr. Al Khal.

The Qatar Vaccination Center, a facility specially set up last week to accommodate employees of large companies, has managed a huge number of booster shots. Since its opening on January 9, it has been administered more than 100,000 times.


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