In a question and answer session during an Instagram Live last week, Dr. Soha Al Bayat, Head of Vaccination at the Ministry of Public Health, answered queries from the public about the COVID-19 vaccine.
She mentioned that around 70% of the population needs to be vaccinated to make sure that enough people have antibodies and the public can go back to normal without restrictions, as reported in The Peninsula. Precautionary measures will still need to be followed even after taking the first dose as the antibodies develop after taking the second dose of the vaccine.
She reiterated that the free vaccine is not mandatory however, she encouraged citizens and residents in Qatar to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to Dr. Al Bayat, the clinical trials for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine did not include either pregnant or lactating women and children below the age of 16, and the available data is so far insufficient to determine any risks to them posed by the vaccine.
Dr. Al Bayat who recently received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine ruled out any serious side effects caused.
“So far about 2 million people have received the COVID-19 vaccine in the US, more than a million in the UK and many others around the world including in Qatar. Some have shown very modest side effects including mild fever, mild headache, fatigue and soreness at the injection site, which is commonly seen with other vaccines,” said Dr. Al Bayat.
Qatar will provide the COVID-19 vaccines to citizens and residents free of charge. The COVID-19 vaccine is two doses given three weeks (21 days) apart. If you receive one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should receive a second dose of the same vaccine three weeks later to complete the vaccination series.
Initially, vaccines are prioritized for three key population groups: older people, people with certain chronic conditions and key healthcare workers.
Source: The Peninsula
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