All you need to know about Qatar's second COVID-19 drive-through vaccination center
Earlier this week Qatar launched its second COVID-19 Drive-Through Vaccination Center.
Located behind Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakra, the drive-through center mainly provides the second dose of vaccine to eligible people.
Individuals who wish to receive their second dose at the center will be attended to on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The new facility is meant to boost the country's capacity to vaccinate a higher number of Qatar's citizens and residents.
In a post on its Twitter page, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has shared all the information you'd need to know:
Is an appointment needed to attend a drive-through center?
No. People do not need an appointment to attend the drive-through centers. However, as the centers are only for people receiving their second dose, they must attend 21 days after the first dose for Pfizer and 28 days after the first dose for Moderna.
This date will be given at the time of the first dose. People cannot visit the drive-through center on a day other than the set date for the second dose. At peak times you may be required to wait while other people are seen first.
Do people need to wear masks during their visit?
Yes. All attendees must wear masks at all times in their vehicles while at the drive-through center. Even if the vehicle has only one occupant, they must still wear a mask as they will be interacting with medical staff at the center.
Can people visit the drive-through centers together in one vehicle?
Yes. If you have family or friends who are also due their second dose on the same day, you can attend the drive-through center in the same vehicle.
Note that a maximum of four people are allowed in one vehicle.
Vehicles with more than four occupants will not be admitted to the drive-through center. No pets are allowed inside vehicles when visiting the drive-through center.
What is the vaccination process at the drive-through centers?
Step 1: On arrival, security will check your Ehteraz you will be directed to one of the primary waiting lanes. Each occupant of the car is asked to have their Ehteraz ready for inspection on arrival.
Step 2: Once you reach the front of the primary waiting lane, you will be directed to one of the 10 vaccination lanes.
Step 3: Your first stop will be at the registration/assessment pod. Once you reach this point you will be asked to place your car in park, apply your brake and lower the car window/s. A member of the drive-through center team will ask for QID, health card and vaccination card for each of the car occupants and they will ask a few quick assessment questions. All occupants should always remain inside the vehicle. After registration is complete, your vaccination and ID cards will be returned to you and you will be asked to drive forward to the next stop.
Step 4: The second stop is at the vaccination pod - where you will once again be asked to put your car in to park and apply the brake. A member of the drive-through team will take each occupant's vaccination card and they will administer the vaccine to vehicle occupants through the vehicle windows.
Step 5: Once all occupants have been vaccinated, you will then be asked to drive into the observation parking area where you will be required to wait (in your car) for a short while to ensure you do not have a reaction to the vaccine. Paramedic teams will be on site in the unlikely event that anyone has a reaction requiring emergency medical support.
Step 6: Once your wait time is up, the observation team will come to your vehicle and give you your completed vaccination cards. You will then be free to leave the drive-through center.
As Qatar ramps up efforts to vaccinate more and more of its citizens and residents, as of yesterday, 21.9 percent of Qatar's total population (16 years and above) has gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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