Following the Cabinet's decision to require the wearing of masks in closed public places, the Ministry of Public Health called on all members of the community to abide by the new precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, in accordance with the decision of the esteemed Council of Ministers.
The Ministry stressed the need for all members of the community to follow the new precautionary measures against the Covid-19 epidemic, particularly on the wearing of masks, given the marked increase in the number of covid-19 infections in the past few weeks.
The Ministry of Public Health noted that masks, if properly worn, are effective tools to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Ministry of Public Health also stressed the need to obtain all doses of prescribed vaccines, explaining that more than 1.7 million people in Qatar have received the enhanced or booster dose of the vaccine against covid-19 infection and that individuals over the age of 12 who have been through the second dose of the vaccine for six months or more are eligible for the enhanced antiviral dose.
The Ministry noted that the fourth dose of the vaccine is now available to people aged 50 & over and patients with chronic diseases that have an increased risk of having severe complications of Covid-19 infection regardless of the age groups of these patients. The fourth dose is given to people most at risk four months after receiving the third dose of the vaccine (enhanced or booster dose) against covid-19 or exposure to Covid-19 infection.
The Ministry reported that people who do not receive the enhanced or booster dose against COVID-19 or delay receiving it for a long time are less immune to the disease and more likely to be infected and hospitalized, noting that relevant research has shown that after administering 6.5 million doses of covid-19 vaccine in Qatar and 12 billion doses worldwide, these vaccines have been found to protect against serious complications or death from infection and that these vaccines are safe and highly effective.
Source: Ministry of Public Health
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