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Baby Manalo gets the millionth jab as Qatar crosses COVID-19 vaccination milestone

  • Apr 07, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
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Doha
Baby Manalo, a 42-year-old Filipino resident of Qatar, on Wednesday visited Al Waab Health Center and received the one millionth COVID-19 vaccine dose to be administered since the start of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. 
Administering the one millionth vaccine dose is a hugely significant milestone and highlights the rapid pace of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme which is now vaccinating more than 170,000 people a week.  
Since the start of the vaccination programme the strategy has prioritized vaccinating people most at risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms and with the availability of more vaccines and the opening of additional vaccination centers, the eligibility criteria has been expanded in line with the phased roll-out of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program. With 27 percent of eligible adults and 77 percent of people over 60 years of age having received at least one vaccine dose, a significant proportion of the most at risk members of Qatar’s population are protected against the virus.  
"I am delighted to receive my first vaccine dose today after a very challenging year living under the threat of the virus. I am thankful for the action taken by the Ministry of Public Health and the government to protect the citizens and people in Qatar. I can feel calm that I got my vaccination and can look forward to performing my duties with less concern,” said Ms. Manalo. 
The National COVID-19 Vaccination Program is being delivered at more than 35 vaccination centers across Qatar, with the majority of doses administered through Primary Health Care Corporation’s 27 primary health centers, the vaccination center at Qatar National Convention Center and two drive through vaccination centers, in Lusail and Al Wakra.