Abu Dhabi launches "Vaccination of Choice" campaign to provide free vaccines to all nationals and residents
Abu Dhabi, January 4, 2021 (WAM) - A Covid-19 vaccination campaign has been launched in Abu Dhabi under the supervision of the Ministry of Health Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Public Health Center. The "Choose to be Vaccinated" campaign asks everyone to be vaccinated to protect themselves from Covid-19 and to know that we are all protected together. The Covid-19 vaccine is available free of charge to all UAE nationals and residents. Abu Dhabi's rigorous approach to managing the pandemic, including mass screening and testing and proactive follow-up, has enabled the emirate to successfully maintain its rate of confirmed cases at 0.39% of the total screenings conducted in the emirate. The vaccination campaign aims to maintain the health gains made to date in curbing the spread of Covid-19 and to ensure that Abu Dhabi will continue to play a leading role in the overall protection of the population. Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hammam, Chairman of Abu Dhabi's Ministry of Health, said, " The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged the world in unprecedented ways. In Abu Dhabi, we are proud to prioritize protecting communities and containing the spread of the virus, while actively seeking solutions by collaborating with other global leaders to participate in clinical trials that will help ensure a vaccine is available now. "As we move into 2021, we want to ensure that our people remain safe, which is why vaccines are rigorously tested to ensure their safety, efficacy and quality. I hope you choose to get vaccinated to protect your health and the health of our country." Abu Dhabi Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Jamal Mohammed Alkabi said, "The approved Covid-19 vaccine is safe and will provide recipients with the immunity they need to protect themselves. I hope everyone chooses to get vaccinated to help get our lives back to normal." Matar Saeed Al-Nuaimi, director of Abu Dhabi Public Health Center, said, "Vaccination is the easiest, most effective way to stay safe. Throughout history, vaccines have saved millions of lives worldwide. " Covid-19 won't go away unless we fight back, and the most effective way to do that is with a vaccine. I want everyone to choose to get vaccinated, break the chain of infection and be part of the victory against this pandemic." Immunization through vaccination is the safest, most effective way to curb the spread of Covid-19. Vaccination boosts the body's natural immunity to disease and has saved millions of lives in recent decades.
UAE announces mandatory PCR testing for government employees every 14 days
- The UAE government has announced that employees of all ministries and federal entities will undergo mandatory COVID-19 PCR testing every 14 days starting January 17, 2021. The decision is part of the government's efforts to limit the spread of the virus, preserve employee health and maintain a safe working environment, the Federal Government's Human Resources Authority said in a circular letter issued Tuesday. the 14-day rule also applies to employees of outsourcing and public service companies who work full-time. Employees of consulting and expert services firms that deal with government agencies on a one-time basis are required to provide valid PCR tests for no more than three days. The circular also states that all employees of ministries, departments and federal entities shall be examined at their own expense, except for those who provide a medical report issued by the country's official health authorities to avoid vaccination for disease or health In such cases, the employer shall pay for a nasal swab test every 14 days. The notice adds that those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine are not subject to the new regulations. In its Circular No. 02 of 2021, the Federal Government Human Resources Management Authority reminded that the COVID-19 vaccine is available free of charge at all government health centers across the country, as well as at several private hospitals. The authorities also asked all federal government departments and entities to encourage their employees to get vaccinated, especially those with chronic diseases and the elderly.