As the first phase of Qatar’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign continues at a rapid pace, a number of community dignitaries who are prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine were among the first group of people who received the vaccine against COVID-19 at Leabaib Health Center on the first day of the vaccination program. This group included former Minister H.E. Mr. Ali bin Saeed Al-Khayarin, and former Diplomat, HE Mr. Sherida bin Saad Al Kaabi.
Qatar is one of the first countries in the world to provide a safe, effective and approved COVID-19 vaccine totally free for its population. Several hundred people were vaccinated against COVID-19 on the first day of the largest national vaccination program in the history of Qatar.
“I would like to thank the wise leadership of our country and all healthcare officials for their efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all citizens and residents in Qatar,” H.E. Mr. Ali bin Saeed Al-Khayarin said following his vaccination. “Trusting in God almighty and in the efforts being made by the health sector officials to protect our beloved country from this pandemic, I was keen to get vaccinated and fulfil my role in protecting my health and that of the community. Qatar has spared no effort to provide the best COVID-19 vaccines to its population and I’m confident this campaign will be a success and will serve the best interest of our community. I would like to thank all healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, and administrative staff for their efforts, hard work, and their dedication in combating this pandemic.”
H.E. Mr. Sherida bin Saad Al Kaabi expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the wise leadership of the country for providing the vaccine to all citizens and residents and to the Ministry of Public Health for its efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. “I encourage all citizens and residents to get vaccinated as this can help protect the person who receives the vaccine, those around him, and the wider community from the virus. I would like to thank all healthcare workers for their efforts and dedication and wish everyone safety and health during this challenging time,” said His Excellency.
During the first phase of the campaign vaccines will be prioritized for those most at risk of severe complications from the virus: people 70 years of age and older, those with multiple chronic conditions and healthcare workers with repeated exposure to COVID-19.
Source and cover image credit: Ministry of Public Health
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