Qatar is likely to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 within a month, a senior health official said yesterday, speaking during a virtual conference.
“We will be among the first countries to get the herd immunity in one month from now assuring that we can open in the coming months very soon for tourism. We will prefer vaccinated people in the first stage and then we can evaluate every case. The system is more sustainable for that,” said Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, Director of Public Health.
Speaking during a virtual conference titled ‘Qatar Economic Development and Opportunities’, hosted by Doha Bank, Qatar’s rapid pace of mass vaccination drive yielded positive results.
More than half the adult population have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. As per the available data from Ministry of Public Health, 51 percent of the total population aged 16 years and above have received both doses of Covid-19 vaccine.
According to Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, now Qatar can consider lifting second phase of restrictions.
The numbers seem convincing enough to move to the phase 2, and a decision regarding this would be taken by the government soon. This will help people move ahead with their normal practices, Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani said, while also urging all eligible people who are yet to take the Covid-19 vaccination, to go ahead and get the jab.