First doses of Pfizer vaccine to be rescheduled in Dubai

Dubai: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on Saturday announced it is working to reschedule the appointments of the first dose of the Pfizer – BioNTech vaccine. This is due to the manufacturer undertaking expansion of its vaccine production, which has affected current doses in a number of countries of the world.

In a statement published on Saturday night, the DHA stated that it will soon inform customers via SMS about the new appointments.

Those awaiting a second shot should follow the directions given by the administration and arrive at the vaccination centers at the appointed time. Pfizer-BioNTech previously said it had to postpone deliveries for the next few weeks due to work to increase the capacity of its Belgian plant.

Not only Dubai, but countries around the world are facing shortages due to reduced supplies of this vaccine. Germany and parts of Italy have also suspended the first vaccines, despite the growing number of infections.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was approved in Dubai in December 2020 after it was found to be 95% effective against COVID-19. The full dose of the vaccine is 30 micrograms.

Pfizer CEO Albert Burla said earlier that by the end of 2020 the company could produce between 30 and 40 million doses of the vaccine, which will be enough to vaccinate 15-20 million people. Pfizer and BioNTech later said they could increase up to 1.3 billion doses a year.

Currently, UAE residents aged 16 and older can get vaccinated at 218 medical centers and vaccination points throughout the country. Vaccination takes place in two stages: the first injection – after passing a medical examination, the second – after 21-28 days. The Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine is available in all medical centers.

In Dubai, vaccinations can be done in hospitals such as Rashid Hospital, Dubai Hospital, Latifa Hospital, Hatta Hospital, Uptown Mirdiff Medical Fitness Center, Mediclinic Hospital Network (13 centers), as well as three mobile hospitals.

The vaccine is available at Primary Healthcare Centers in the following areas of Dubai: Al Mizhar, Zabeel, Al Barsha, Nadd Al Hamar, Al Safa, Al Badaa, Nad Al Sheba, Al Mankhool, Al Twar, Al Lisaili.

And also, in health centers: Union Health Centers, Hor Al Anz Health Center, Al Qusais Health Center, Dubai Parks & Resorts Field Hospital, Al Khawaneej and Port Rashid Testing Centers, Emirates Specialty Hospital (22 hospitals), Burjeel Hospitals, VPS Network (in two districts), NMC Hospitals Network (in 9 districts).

In the near future, the number of vaccination sites will be increased. Earlier, the UAE authorities announced plans to vaccinate at least half of the country’s population by the end of March 2021.

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