The move hopes to protect the UAE’s most vulnerable…

As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country, UAE health authorities have made the decision to prioritise Covid-19 vaccinations for elderly citizens and residents, and those with chronic health conditions.

According to Wam news agency, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) will be temporarily dedicating all Covid-19 vaccination centres “to the elderly and people with chronic diseases in the light of the spike in infections over the past weeks.”

Over the next four to six weeks, the ministry will focus on vaccinating as many vulnerable people as possible. “The Ministry called upon the families of the elderly people and those with chronic diseases to ensure their vaccination in order to protect their health,” according to Wam.

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Younger citizens and residents can still make an appointment for their vaccine for a future date.

Which Covid-19 vaccines are available in the UAE?

Currently, four vaccines have been approved for widespread use in the UAE. These include Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which was approved by the Dubai Health Authority last week.

Sinopharm is available across the UAE. Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca are available in Dubai, and Sputnik V has been approved for emergency use.

You can find an extensive list of where to get the Covid-19 vaccine in the UAE here.

The UAE has one of the highest vaccination rates per capita in the world, having so far administered 4,201,347 doses.

On Saturday February 6, a further 3,276 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in the UAE. The news comes as Dubai and Abu Dhabi introduce new precautionary measures and a spate of closures in an attempt to stem the spread.