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Qatar lowers age threshold for receiving Covid-19 jab

04 March 2021

According to MOPH, the age threshold for receiving the Covid-19 vaccination has been lowered to 50 years of age.

This change has been made as MOPH plans to ramp up the National Strategic Vaccination Plan against Covid-19 to expand the program and increase the number of vaccinated people in Qatar.


The Chair of National Health Strategic Group on Covid-19 and Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation, Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal said “With the initial imported supply of vaccines limited, the early stages of our National Vaccination Program focused on protecting members of our community who were most at risk from severe complications due to COVID-19. We have recently received a regular supply of the vaccine more than before and with the availability of Moderna vaccine along with Pfizer vaccine, we can significantly expand the scale of our vaccination program and open the eligibility criteria to include more people in line with the MOPH Strategic Vaccination Plan against COVID-19.”

With the change in terms of vaccine eligibility, the current priority group for Covid-19 vaccination are people aged 50 years of age or more, irrespective of health conditions, people with moderate chronic medical conditions, additional healthcare professionals and other key workers in various ministries and government institutions, including teachers and administrative staff in education.

Dr.Abdulmalik pointed out that vaccinations at Health Centres and QNCC vaccination centres will be only receive people with prior appointments. All others who do not meet the criteria for early phase of vaccination will have to until their turn arrives.

Robin Vinod

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

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