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Posted On: 7 October 2020 05:00 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 10:18 am

How to get the immunisation schedule for your children in Qatar online

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Immunisations protect children from preventable illnesses, and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) offers several vaccines that are given at an early age. Each vaccine is given at a specific age of the child and also has a specific timing to ensure its effectiveness. That's why it is important to understand the importance of timely vaccinations to protect your child from life-threatening diseases.

The green card for vaccinations of children that was used previously has been discontinued and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has issued a new and improved booklet that includes all the information related to child health. This booklet is available in all health centres, and customers can get it from the health centre where they are registered.

    The 12 diseases the MoPH is vaccinating children against

    The 12 diseases the MoPH is vaccinating your children against are Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Diptheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, H influenzae, Polio, Pneumococcal infection, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella.

    Find out here how you can get the immunisation schedule for your children in Qatar online, so you don't miss any important vaccination.

    Make an immunisation schedule online for your child

    How to schedule immunisation for children in Qatar online
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    • Your child's immunisation schedule with dates will come up.
    How to schedule immunisation for children in Qatar online
    Image credit: MoPH (sample Immunisation schedule)

    Immunisation schedule (based on the age of the child)

    According to Hamad Medical Corporation's General Pediatrics Division head, Dr. Ahmad Hassan Al-Hammadi, vaccines are administered to children in Qatar as below:

    • BCG and HBV0: given at birth.
    • 6-in-1 vaccine known as Hexavalent, usually given at two months. It protects against diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough), Hepatitis B, Polio and Haemophilus Influenzae type b disease (Hib).
    • Pentavalent vaccine almost same like Hexavalent given at two, four and six months.
    • MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella (new recommendation - two times at 12 and 18 months).
    • Hepatitis B series vaccine given at 24 months, 3-4 years, 4-6 years, 11-12 years.
    • Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine given at 12 months and 3-4 years.
    • Pneumococcal vaccine (given at two, four, six and 15 months) protects against pneumonia (chest infection), ear infections and meningitis (a brain infection).
    • Rotavirus vaccine (given at two and four months) protects infants against rotavirus, the most common cause of serious diarrhoea in babies and young children.
    • Meningococcal ACYW135 (given from two years) prevents four strains of the bacteria that cause Meningococcal disease: A, C, Y, and W-135.
    • Influenza vaccine is recommended for children starting from two years.
    How to schedule immunisation for children in Qatar online
    Image credit: MoPH

    Immunisation status

    • Go to the eServices page on the MoPH website.
    • Enter the HMC / PHCC Health Card (HC) number or the Qatar ID number of your child to inquire about your child's immunisation status.
    • Click on 'Submit' and the immunisation status of your child will come up.
    How to get the immunisation schedule for your children in Qatar online
    Image credit: MoPH

    List of PHCC health centres and their timings for immunisation

    Qatar attaches great importance to immunising children and, therefore, it strives to cover all parts of the country through health centres with the required vaccinations for all ages, if you have a Hamad Health card.

    Check the following link for the list of PHCC health centres that offer child vaccinations and their timings:

    How to get an appointment for your child's immunisation

    If you wish to get vaccines from your PHCC health centre, call 107, and schedule an appointment. Make sure you have the correct paperwork to obtain a schedule for vaccination -- your health card and vaccination card (if recently provided) are the main papers you need to take with you.

    Once your appointment is booked, you'll be notified by SMS as well. You're advised to reach the health centre 30 minutes prior to the appointment.

    Alternatively, if you'd like to get vaccinations at any private hospital or clinic, you can contact them and make an appointment at your preferred time.

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    Extracted from Hukoomi Qatar, HMC, MoPH and Hukoomi Qatar

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