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40 percent children vaccinated in Qatar; elderly urged to take covid vaccination

10 August 2021

Head of Vaccination Section in the Department of Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control at the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Soha Al Bayat, called on parents not to hesitate about getting their children vaccinated against Covid-19.  

Dr. Soha pointed out that already, over 40 percent of children aged 12 to 15 years have completed two doses of their vaccines recently.

She hopes that in the coming days, there will be an increase in the number of children getting vaccinated, as the travellers return from abroad during the end of current holidays season. In general, the response to children’s vaccination has been good, and the children, themselves, are eager to receive the vaccine.

Seniors urged to get vaccinated

At least nine out of ten of people aged over 65 years in Qatar have already received the vaccine against Covid-19, revealed Dr. Hanadi al-Hamad, the National Health Strategy 2018-2022 Lead for Healthy Ageing.

She emphasized the safety of vaccines available in Qatar, and said that no complications have been noted so far, particularly among those aged 65 years or above, who received both doses already.

The vaccination is done only after an assessment done by a health worker, which focuses on the recipient’s health status, and a follow-up is conducted after vaccination.

The normal mild side-effects noticed in some people on taking the vaccine, often goes away without any medication. This cannot be compared to the great protection that vaccinated people would have, particularly among the elderly, being the most vulnerable population in the society, as they may otherwise develop severe symptoms that may required emergency medical intervention, Dr. Al-Hamad explained.

As people age, their immune system weakens, so many of them suffer from chronic diseases such as kidney and heart diseases, hypertension and diabetes.  Dr. al-Hamad emphasized that Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to thousands of elderly people in Qatar, and there has been good response so far.

She also pointed out that being vaccinated is more important now than before, particularly for elderly, as the Delta Variant of Covid-19 spreads rapidly and have more severe symptoms. Therefore, she urged the elderly, their family and caretakers to hurry and take the vaccine, and to expedite the return to normal life.

Further, she also said that there is a home care service, which could provide the vaccine to these people in the comfort of their houses.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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