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Posted On: 13 January 2022 08:56 pm
Updated On: 14 January 2022 01:06 am

All recent COVID-19 deaths were of unvaccinated people: MoPH

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The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has released a video on Twitter showing Dr. Soha Al Bayat, Head of Vaccination at the Ministry of Public Health, answering some of the most common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose?

Anyone who is 12 years or older, and it's been six months at least since they took their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, is now eligible to take the third booster dose of the vaccine.

Why do people who have received two doses need a booster dose?

Scientific evidence has shown that the immunity obtained from the COVID-19 vaccines, the first and the second dose, starts to decrease after six months. So, this is why it's absolutely critical that people take their booster dose to further enhance and reactivate their immune system to increase the level of immunity that they have.

Is the booster dose effective?

Recent scientific studies have shown that the third or the booster dose further enhances your immunity and can give you up to 75% protection from mild to moderate disease. All the recent unfortunate deaths have not received any of the doses of the vaccine, and the majority of those in the ICU have either not taken their vaccines at all or taken only the first and second doses. All of this shows the importance of taking the third booster dose to further protect you at least from severe infection.

If someone received the booster dose, can they still catch COVID-19?

Taking the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will give you protection from mild to moderate infection. So, yes, you may still get the infection but you may not need hospital care or hospital admission.

Are there any side effects related to the booster dose?

So far, more than 365,000 doses of the COVID-19 booster have been given in the State of Qatar. Only a minor number of people have reported mild to moderate symptoms post the vaccine like pain in the arm at the sight of the injection, headaches, body aches, and some people had some fever. But the majority had only very mild symptoms and they did not require any medical care.


Source: MOPH