COVID-19 Vaccination


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How does the vaccines work?

The vaccine is a safe and effective wat to protect individuals from serious preventable diseases as it stimulates the body to build resistance to a particular infection and strengthens the immune system by training it to form antibodies.

  • Vaccines stimulates the immune system without making the person ill.

  • Vaccines work in different ways, but they all provide protection against the disease.

Source: www.dha.gov.ae

Benefits of Vaccination:

Vaccination helps to protect humans against some infectious diseases and their complications. Thus, lead to a healthy community, free of these diseases and epidemics.

  • Vaccines work effectively to protect individuals and societies.  

  • Vaccines are the most successful medical interventions.

  • Vaccines contribute to the development of the health system and the equality of individuals’ lives.

Source: www.mohap.gov.ae

Vaccine excluded groups:

  • Pregnant Women

  • Nursing mothers

  • Children below 18 years

  • People with immunodeficiency diseases

  • Women planning to get pregnant in the next 3 months from the date of taking the vaccine

  • Those who are allergic to any vaccine, food, medicine or substance OR those who carry a self-injectable adrenaline.

Source: www.dha.gov.ae

Is COVID-19 vaccination optional or compulsory?

COVID-19 vaccination is optional.

What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination?

It is normal to have minor side effects during the first week after receiving the vaccine and these symptoms are common when taking any type of vaccine.

The side effects are:

  • Fatigue and headaches

  • Fever

  • Pain, swelling or redness at the injection-site

  • Joint pain

  • Vomiting and diarrhea

  • Shivering

  • Muscle pain


What to do if you experience any of the above side effects?

  • Take a Paracetamol when you experience mild and moderate side effects.

  • Use a cold compress to relieve pain at the injection site

  • If you have mild and moderate symptoms that persist for longer or severe symptoms, despite the use of Paracetamol contact your doctor.


Source: www.dha.gov.ae

General Tips after taking the vaccine:

  • Be aware of any side effects.

  • Comply with the instructions issued by your doctor.

  • Make sure you do not skip or delay your appointment for the second dose of the vaccination.

  • This is important for the vaccine to be effective and to provide you with the necessary protection


List of vaccination centers in the UAE (use images made by GCD)

Frequently asked Questions

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1. How does the vaccines work?

The vaccine is a safe and effective wat to protect individuals from serious preventable diseases as it stimulates the body to build resistance to a particular infection and strengthens the immune system by training it to form antibodies.

  • Vaccines stimulates the immune system without making the person ill.

  • Vaccines work in different ways, but they all provide protection against the disease.


2. Who are eligible for the vaccination?

a) Individuals most likely to develop complications of the disease:

  • Senior citizens and residents over 60 years

  • People with chronic diseases People of determination (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, liver and kidney diseases, hypertension, obesity and people with a BMI of 35 or more.

  • People of determination


b) People in occupations with the highest COVID-19 risk:

  • Frontliners in the public and private sector

  • Employees in sensitive and vital positions


c) Community members over 18 years, excluding:

  • Pregnant Women

  • Nursing mothers

  • Children below 18 years

  • People with immunodeficiency diseases

  • Women planning to get pregnant in the next 3 months from the date of taking the vaccine

  • Those who are allergic to any vaccine, food, medicine or substance OR those who carry a self-injectable adrenaline.


3. How many Doses are required for the vaccination?

Vaccination comprises of two doses, taken separately with a gap of 3 to 4 weeks between the doses.


4. What are the side effects?

  • Fatigue and headaches

  • Fever

  • Pain, swelling or redness at the injection-site

  • Joint pain

  • Vomiting and diarrhea

  • Shivering

  • Muscle pain

5. Is COVID-19 vaccination optional or compulsory?

COVID-19 vaccination is optional.

6. I may not be available to take my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Can I reschedule my vaccine for another day?

It is important to keep record of the second dose appointment and adhere to attend, to ensure the required level of immunity and the maximum benefit from the vaccine. It is recommended to take the second dose in the same vaccination site where the first dose was taken.

7. Is it possible to take another dose of the vaccine from another manufacturer?

Two doses of the vaccine should be taken from the same manufacturer to ensure vaccine safety and effectiveness.

8. Is it safe to take more than one type of covid – 19 vaccine?

No, it is not safe to take different types of Covid – 19 vaccine.

9. Is vaccination safe for older adults and people with chronic conditions?

Yes, vaccination is safe for older adults and people with chronic conditions. It is recommended to provide the vaccine to these groups as they are at risk of developing complication when infected with COVID19-. The medical team will evaluate in case there is a reason to prevent getting vaccinated.

10. Is vaccination safe for people taking medications?

This will be evaluated by the medical team. You need to inform the team of all medications you are taking and if you have allergies of any kind.

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