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The side effects of the Covid-19 booster shot are the same as the second dose: Qatar Health Authority-Doha News

Qatar began vaccination a year ago, and at least 5,000,000 people in the population received both vaccinations.

Dr. Abdullatif al-Kal, senior health official in Qatar, ensures that the side effects of booster shots do not exceed the side effects of the second dose and that the public should not hesitate to take the third jab. I called to.

This was done in an exclusive interview with Qatar TV on Thursday, revealing details about the epidemic of the Omicron subspecies in Doha after four incidents were recorded last week.

Dr. Al Kal said the first cases of Omicron virus were recorded among returnees quarantined in Qatar, confirming that none of them were hospitalized. Of the four, three were vaccinated and one was previously unvaccinated.

“It’s only a matter of time before the Omicron strain reaches Qatar, and it’s expected to become the predominant virus in most parts of the world, including the United States,” said Dr. Al Kal, chair of the National Health Strategy. I am.Hamad Medical Corporation’s Covid-19 and Infectious Disease Responsible Group [HMC]..

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Health officials at Qatari said scientific evidence proved that acquired immunity to the Delta and Omicron strains was reduced 4-6 months after vaccination.

He added that taking the booster dose significantly increased antibody levels, and the side effects of 215,000 people who received the third injection in Qatar did not exceed those seen on the second dose.

“Side effects [following the second dose] There may be pain at the point where the needle was injected, mild fever, headache, and malaise.Some had side effects for 2-3 days, immediately responded to Panador, no serious side effects were reported to the Ministry of Public Health. [MOPH]”Dr. Al Cal explained.

In addition, Dr. Al Kal said preliminary studies have shown that current vaccines are effective against Omicron. However, after 6 months, the vaccine will be less effective, but the third dose will be more effective.

While the Ministry of Local Health is calling on the public community to take booster shots, Dr. Al Kal said a national campaign for a third dose for all members of society will soon begin. rice field.

The interview took place a year after Qatar began vaccination, with 85% of the total population receiving both vaccinations.

Dr. Al Kal said the success of Qatar’s vaccination campaign is due to public cooperation and recognition with the Ministry of Health, despite the dissemination of false information about jabs around the world. rice field.

He also emphasized the importance of wearing a mask when going out and always observing precautions to further protect the community from infection.

Currently, the number of infections recorded daily in the local community has increased over the past month. Local health officials attribute this to increased public negligence in combating Covid-19.

On Thursday, Qatar recorded 187 new infections, of which 149 were from the community and 38 were from returnees, increasing the total number of active cases to 2,339.

So far, Qatar has recorded a total of 614 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

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