Health officials continue to stress importance of COVID-19 booster dose

Health officials continue to stress importance of COVID-19 booster dose

By QLNews

Senior health officials in Qatar have once again reminded citizens and residents about the importance of the COVID-19 booster dose.

In a series of tweets on the Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH) Twitter page, the officials have shared messages about how the booster dose enhances immunity, urging the public to get it at the earliest possible.

Senior Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology Executive Director of Quality & Safety at Women’s Wellness and Research Center, Dr Huda Al Saleh said, “Evidence-based data show that the protective immunity obtained from the first two doses of COVID-19 vaccine gradually declines six months after the second dose.”

"For this reason, all women of child bearing age, including pregnant women and those planning to get pregnant, are encouraged to receive the booster dose once they are eligible, in order to improve their immunity and ensure continuous protection against the virus for themselves and their unborn babies,” she added.

While vaccination against COVID-19 is important for all eligible people, it is highly recommended for pregnant women because the WHO guidance states they are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 compared with women of childbearing age who are not pregnant, she explained.

Senior consultant cardiologist, Heart Hospital, Dr Omar Al Tamimi said that people with heart disease and all cardiovascular diseases are at higher risk of severe complications from COVID-19.

“For this reason, it is especially important that people with these conditions are fully vaccinated, including the booster vaccine dose. The vaccines are safe and there are no specific concerns for heart disease patients. The vaccines can also be safely administered to people on blood thinning medications,” he said.

He encouraged all patients with cardiovascular diseases to ensure they get their booster vaccine dose when they reach six months following their second dose.

Senior consultant and head of Hamad Medical Corporation's Nephrology Department, Dr Hassan Al Malki pointed out that people living with kidney disease are at greater risk of Covid-19 related complications, including serious kidney injury, hospitalization and even death.

"The COVID-19 vaccines are suitable for people with kidney disease, whether you have had a transplant, are on dialysis or have another kidney condition. We stress that it is important that patients with these conditions get their booster vaccine as soon as possible, once six months have passed since the second dose. Getting the COVID-19 booster will keep you and your family healthy and safe,” he said.

National Health Strategy 2018-2022 Lead for Health Ageing, Dr Hanadi Al Hamad, urged all older citizens in Qatar to protect themselves from the effects of COVID-19 by being fully vaccinated.

“If you received your second dose more than six months ago, you are eligible for a booster vaccine to benefit from its protection. Immunity from vaccines begins to decline six months after the second dose, placing you at increased risk of serious infection and hospitalization,” she highlighted.

“We have made it easy for you to get vaccinated, you can call PHCC today on 4027 7077 to book your appointment or call HMC's Home Healthcare Service or the Elderly Urgent Care Unit in Rumailah Hospital,” she added.

---

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content.

Instagram - @qatarliving

Twitter - @qatarliving

Facebook - Qatar Living

YouTube qatarlivingofficial

Source: MoPH
Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

Qatar's first Eid festival to take place this Eid ul Fitr

Qatar's first Eid festival to take place this Eid ul Fitr

Qatar Tourism announces the first ever Eid Festival to take place from 3-5 May
An evening at Souq Waqif

An evening at Souq Waqif

The most traditional spot in Qatar is none other than Souq Waqif. Let's explore a series of things you can do there!
Restaurants in Qatar to Visit For Eid 2022

Restaurants in Qatar to Visit For Eid 2022

Finding a suitable restaurant during Eid can be challenging, that's why these few picks will not let you down, and provide you the right space (and right food) for your Eid gatherings
Where to get traditional outfits for Eid 2022

Where to get traditional outfits for Eid 2022

Whether it is traditional jalabiyas and abayas for women or the thobe and ghutra for men, there are many shops that cater to this requirement. Here’s where you can shop for traditional Indian and Arab clothing for Eid 2022 in Qatar.
List of Salons for Eid 2022

List of Salons for Eid 2022

Get yourself pampered by enjoying the services of the best salons in Doha
Favorite Henna Artists for Eid 2022

Favorite Henna Artists for Eid 2022

It's that time of year, when the anticipation for Eid Al Fitr is building up along with Henna appointments from all across the region.
9 activities to plan your Eid 2022 vacation in Qatar

9 activities to plan your Eid 2022 vacation in Qatar

This Eid 2022 vacation, explore a variety of outdoor and indoor activities that you can do with your friends and family in Qatar.
5 beaches in Qatar to visit on Eid 2022

5 beaches in Qatar to visit on Eid 2022

We’ve compiled a list of five beaches you can visit for Eid 2022 and enjoy a pleasant afternoon or evening on the Eid weekend.