If you've been fully vaccinated (two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine), you may be wondering what happens next. What exactly does it mean to be fully vaccinated? What can you do now, and what can you still not do?
According to Hamad Medical Corporation, it's important to know and understand that both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are approximately 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection after two doses have been taken. However, maximum protection develops around 10-14 days after the second dose.
Yes, even if you're fully vaccinated, you still have to follow all the precautionary measures like wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, frequent washing of hands, staying away from big crowds and showing your Ehteraz when asked.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, even if you're fully vaccinated,
The bottom line is that masks are mandatory when outdoors until a sufficient number of people are not vaccinated, we will not be able to achieve sufficient community immunity. Until we reach that point, even if you're fully vaccinated, there is still a chance that you may pass the virus to other people. (Harvard Health Publishing)
There is a web link on the MoPH website from where you can download and/or print your vaccine certificate after completing the 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine certificate is also available on the HMC's 'MyHealth Patient Portal'. Seven days after you've received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccination certificate will be made available on the MyHealth Patient Portal.
You can also get the vaccine certificate from the Primary Health Care Corporation. It will be available 24 - 48 hours after your second dose.
Please note: Once you've registered on the MyHealth Patient Portal, activation will take approximately 24 hours.
According to MoPH, 7 days after the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, a gold-coloured frame will appear around the QR code in the EHTERAZ app. There will also be a stamp that says you've been vaccinated. In addition, a “Vaccination” tab will appear at the top of the app and will include the dates when you received the two doses, and the name of the vaccine you received.
Disclaimer: Depending on the circumstances and the COVID-19 situation in Qatar, these benefits may change at any time.
According to the MoPH, once you've been fully vaccinated, you can travel abroad immediately after you've received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as long as your return date to Qatar falls 14 days after the second dose has been received. Fully vaccinated people are exempted from quarantine requirements when travelling back to Qatar.
Even if you're fully vaccinated, it's still important to follow preventive measures when visiting other countries as an extra precaution. These include wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, avoiding crowded places, avoiding touching your face and regular hand washing.
Once you've been fully vaccinated and travel abroad, when you return to Qatar, you won't have to undergo quarantine. The full quarantine exemption criteria are as follows:
Further reading: Quarantine exemption period extended for vaccinated individuals
Children (up to 16 years old) will be exempted from hotel quarantine if they are accompanied by a parent who has received both doses of the vaccine in Qatar, and will only be required to home quarantine for 7 days.
Further reading: Children with vaccinated parents can home quarantine: Discover Qatar
Note: Under the present circumstances and with COVID-19 cases on the rise in Qatar, many restrictions have been reimposed, and with effect from 9 April, social gatherings in homes and majlis's have been prohibited until further notice by the Qatari government. A maximum of five people can meet in open spaces, including those that are vaccinated.
We will inform you once the rules change, but for the time being, please stay safe.
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