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Health officials take second shots of COVID-19 vaccine

Health officials take second shots of COVID-19 vaccine

Catherine W Gichuki
Doha
Several senior health officials received the second shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on Thursday as part of the protocol.
National Pandemic Preparedness Committee Co-chairperson and Director of MoPH’s Health Protection and Communicable Diseases Dr Hamad Eid Al Romaihi, National Health Strategic Group on COVID-19 Chair Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, Medical Director of Hamad Medical Corporation’s Communicable Disease Center Dr Muna Al Maslamani and Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Public Helath (MoPH) Sheikh Dr Mohammed Al Thani were some of the officials who took the second shots.
In videos uploaded on social media platforms, the health officials said taking the second dose of the vaccine was necessary to ensure utmost protection against COVID-19.
Dr Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani thanked the healthcare professional involved in the vaccination campaign and highlighted the need to get inoculated at the right time.
“We advise everyone to come at the right time to ensure the full efficacy of the vaccine,” he said.
Dr Al Maslamani said, “I would like to emphasise that anyone who has received the first dose is supposed to take the second one after 21 days. Even if you have received the second dose you still need to apply all the COVID-19 precautionary measures such as social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands frequently.”
Dr Al Romaihi said, “I am confident that this vaccine is safe and effective. I encourage everyone especially the high risk groups, elderly and those with chronic diseases to take the vaccine.”