More than 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far in Qatar: MoPH

More than 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered so far in Qatar: MoPH

By QLNews

Qatar has been giving its all to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

The country has been successfully running its National COVID-19 Vaccination Program since December 2020.

​The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced that more than 2 million vaccine doses administered so far in the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program.

To date, 2,002,081 doses have been administered since the start of the program, with 1,177,725 people having received at least one vaccine dose, while 36.4 percent of the adult population are already fully vaccinated with two doses.

The National COVID-19 Vaccination Program is progressing at pace.

Almost 9 out of 10 people over 60 years of age – the most vulnerable members of the community have now received at least one dose, with nearly 8 out of 10 having received two doses.

Qatar is among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of vaccine coverage per population.

MoPH stated that it is very encouraging that there is clear evidence that the vaccines are protecting people from developing symptoms of COVID and becoming ill.

Data up to the end of April in Qatar showed that just 1 percent of COVID-19 ICU admissions have been for fully vaccinated people and in Qatar, non-vaccinated people of all ages are 91 times more likely to be admitted to ICU with COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people.

Additionally, a study undertaken here in Qatar and published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that for fully vaccinated people – 14 days after receiving the second dose – vaccination is 89.5 percent effective at preventing infection from the UK variant and 75 percent effective at preventing infection from the South African variant, both are considered very high.

The same study also found vaccination to be 97.4 percent effective in preventing severe, critical, or fatal disease due to both the UK and South African variants. 

Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) teams continue to directly contact people who are eligible by SMS or phone call to arrange their appointment.

Yesterday, the Ministry has announced that parents will be able to register their 12 to 15-year-old children for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine starting today.

The announcement was made after Pfizer’s study indicated that its vaccine was safe and extremely effective in preventing COVID-19 cases in children aged 12 to 15.  

Anyone wishing to register their interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can do so via the MoPH website

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Source: MoPH
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