Qatar has begun with the Covid-19 vaccine booster dose shot for all individuals who have completed their second dose of the vaccine more than eight months ago.
The booster vaccine doses being administered are from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
\The first citizens to receive the third dose was Dr. Abdulla Juma Al-Kubaisi, former President of Qatar University at Madina Khalifa health centre. He was also the first to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Qatar during the first phase of the vaccination programme.
This is being done following announcement by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) that the first few months will focus on individuals who are at higher risk for severe infection.
\The Covid-19 booster vaccine dose will be administered to the general public, with priority being given to people over 65 years of age and, those with chronic ailments, said a senior official at MoPH.
The Head of Vaccination at MoPH, Dr. Soha Al Bayat noted that the third dose is safe and effective and will not have any new side-effect than the first or second doses of the vaccine.
“All members of the society are among the target groups to take the third dose of the coronavirus vaccine. The priority is for the elderly and people with chronic diseases and the frontline (workers) in tackling the virus,” Dr. Al Bayat said.
This announcement by MoPH regarding administering booster doses of vaccines approved in Qatar (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) to individuals who are most at risk, is considered the beginning of a new phase of national vaccination programme for Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Dr. Al Bayat emphasized that the annual influenza (flu) and Covid-19 vaccines can be taken safely and even simultaneously.
Dr. Al Bayat said that as per the latest clinical evidence, there is no increased risk of side effects when taking both vaccines simultaneously. This comes as good news for people who are at risk of severe Covid-19, and those who are eligible for Covid-19 booster shot, Al Bayat said.