Article at a glance:
- The UAE is planning to vaccinate half of the population by the end of the first quarter
- Over 61,000 people were vaccinated in the past 24 hours
- Ministry of Health and Prevention UAE and health authorities have launched a campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated
Following up with the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) plan to get half of the country vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of March 2021, the ministry announced on 7th January 2021 that 61,396 people received the jab in the last 24 hours. The total number of residents that have received the jab so far now stands at 887,697.
To boost public confidence about the vaccine, health authorities and MoHAP launched a national campaign to encourage people to get the vaccine. However, the emphasis is more on people with chronic diseases and the elderly.
Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, the Knowledge, and Human Development Authority (KHDA) chief, set an example for the academic community by taking his jab.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free for all residents. However, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan—who doubles as the Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council—is urging all educational employees, whether private or government, to get the vaccine.
In addition to helping restore normalcy in the education sector, it will also aid the country in its drive to get half the country’s population vaccinated in the first quarter of the year. Sheikh Abdullah expresses his gratitude for the devotion of the council members towards keeping the education process alive despite the odds. Emphasizing the importance of education, Sheikh Abdullah said,
“We anticipate the return to school of our students to develop their skills and abilities in an academic environment that is healthy and safe. This is how we can build a generation capable of steering the nation’s affairs in the future.”
Overcoming the pandemic requires a collective effort
Sheikh Abdullah mentions that the task of overcoming the pandemic needs the support of all community members. However, the minister is confident that public and private education employees and professionals will play their role to support the nation’s COVID-19 eradication drive.
Apart from Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, other school principals have taken the jab too. Earlier, Springdales School Dubai’s principal, Dr. Brian Gray, said, “the entire school community is open to taking up roles to ensure the country achieves its vaccination goals.”
The success of UAE’s vaccination drive so far
Only about 8% of the UAE’s population has been vaccinated. However, plans are underway to raise that figure to 50% by March ending. Experts believe this will push UAE closer to herd immunity. Unfortunately, the country is experiencing an increasing number of cases. Authorities believe this is due to the increasing movements of Emiratis.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) released an awareness guide in which it clearly states that vaccine is the most effective and safest way of controlling COVID-19 and stopping its spread. Health officials continue to reiterate the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. Vaccines work by stimulating the body’s immune system (antibodies) to resist a particular infection.