People 65 years of age and above now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine: MoPH

People 65 years of age and above now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine: MoPH

By QLNews

As the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Qatar continues to run successfully, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has reduced the age limit for the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 65 years and above.

Until the announcement was made, the age threshold was 70 years and above for vaccine eligibility during the first phase of the drive.

Qatar launched the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign on December 23, 2020, and it is set to continue until January 31, 2021.

During this phase, three priority groups are eligible for vaccinations, the MoPH said. These include: 1. People aged 65 years and above. 2. People with severe chronic conditions. 3. Healthcare workers with repeated exposure to COVID-19.

At present, those who are eligible to receive the vaccine will be contacted directly by Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) by SMS or phone call in order to fix an appointment.

The Ministry highlighted that individuals aged 65 and above, who haven't yet received a call or SMS for their vaccination, can call on the PHCC hotline 40277077 to set an appointment.

The Ministry also said that vaccinations at the health centers are only being administered to those who have pre-arranged appointments.

All community members who do not fall under the priority groups have been asked to wait until it is their turn.

The Ministry confirmed that it is working with pharmaceutical companies to ensure the next shipment of the vaccine arrives in the country "as early as possible in 2021."

"Everyone who needs to be vaccinated will be able to do so throughout the year," MoPH said.

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