The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has approved the use of a fourth vaccine dose of Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for individuals at high risk of severe infection.
The fourth dose is only applicable to individuals 60 years of age and older and those with chronic diseases that increase their risk for severe COVID-19 infection, regardless of their age. The fourth dose will be offered to these individuals after four months from their booster dose (third dose) or COVID-19 infection.
The Ministry’s approval is in line with the latest scientific and clinical evidence showing the protective immunity obtained from the third booster dose, or recovery from infection, begins to decline in these vulnerable individuals after four months.
The Ministry stated that these individuals are more at risk of serious, prolonged illness based on local and international clinical evidence and they will benefit from a fourth dose which will increase their immunity and protection against COVID-19. Many countries around the world are offering a fourth dose to their vulnerable population.
The Ministry stated that individuals who are most vulnerable to severe infection and eligible for the fourth dose include those who:
Individuals who are eligible for the fourth vaccine dose will be contacted directly by Primary Health Care Corporation or by a member of their specialist care team at Hamad Medical Corporation to schedule a vaccination appointment. Eligible individuals can also call the PHCC hotline on 4027 7077 to schedule an appointment and walk-in appointments are available for this patient group.
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