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Travellers returning to Qatar from countries that are not on its green list will have to undergo hotel quarantine

Travellers returning to Qatar from countries that are not on its green list will have to undergo hotel quarantine | MoPH

All travellers flying back to Qatar from countries that are not on its green list will have to undergo hotel quarantin effective from 14 February, tweeted The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).

The Ministry said that, “Based on previously announced travel and return policies to Qatar and in light of the new medical data on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) in the State of Qatar and the rest of the world, it has been decided that no exceptions from the hotel quarantine, previously announced, will apply to those coming to the country,”.

Low Risk (Green List) Countries:  Below are the list of 17 countries updated by MoPH as low-risk countries. Latest list has been released on 14 December 2020.

  1. Oman
  2. Brunei Darussalam
  3. Thailand
  4. China (including Hong Kong, Macau)
  5. Vietnam
  6. Malaysia
  7. South Korea
  8. Singapore
  9. Japan
  10. Myanmar
  11. Australia
  12. New Zealand
  13. Mexico
  14. Cuba
  15. Mauritius
  16. Iceland
  17. Ireland

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Important advice from MoPH official if you are taking the COVID-19 vaccine

Important advice from MoPH official if you are taking the COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Soha Al Bayat, Head of Vaccination at the Ministry of Public Health posted a video on MoPH twitter handle in which she has given two important advice to all who are taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

 


Following are the important tips and advice shared on the video posted:

  1. If you had come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the date for taking the second dose should be delayed for 14 days from the date of contact.
  2. You will be fully protected from COVID-19 infection after a week or two from taking the second dose of the vaccine.

Source Credit and Cover image Credit: MoPH

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Qatar Airways to resume direct flights from Doha to Dubai and Abu Dhabi starting January 27 and 28 respectively

Qatar Airways to resume direct flights from Doha to Dubai and Abu Dhabi starting January 27 and 28 respectively

Qatar Airways will fly to Dubai from 27th Jan and to Abu Dhabi from 28th Jan 2021. This will be the first flight to Dubai and Abu Dhabi ever since the blockade.

Qatar Airways opened the flight booking to Dubai and Abu Dhabi on their website.

Doha to Dubai: Direct flight (Airbus A320) to Dubai will depart at 19:00 hours from Hamad International Airport and will arrive at 21:10 (Dubai Time) at Dubai International Airport.

Doha to Abu Dhabi: Direct flight (Airbus A320) to Abu Dhabi will depart at 19:50 hours from Hamad International Airport and will arrive at 21:55 (Abu Dhabi Time) at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Source: Qatar Airways website | Cover image: Qatar Airways Twitter

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Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine in Qatar | How to register your interest to take the vaccine

Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine in Qatar | How to register your interest to take the vaccine

MoPH has recently launched a new online registration process for the covid-19 vaccine. Qatar plans to provide the Covid-19 vaccine free of charge to all Qatar citizens and residents.

The MOPH has approved Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, as safe and effective. Online registration to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is open to Citizens and Residents who are interested to take the vaccine. This online registration service launched by the Ministry of Public Health for people to register their interest in receiving COVID-19 Vaccine.

  • People who falls under the priority groups are allowed to request an appointment to take the vaccine.
  • People who does not fall under the current priority group categories are also allowed to register. Upon registration, their details will recorded and saved by MoPH and they will receive a notification once they are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine.

Where to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar?

Here is the registration link for citizens and residents https://app-covid19.moph.gov.qa/en/instructions.html to request an appointment to take the vaccine / to register their interest to receive the covid-19 vaccine in Qatar.

Steps to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar:

Step 1: Sign-in

  • Click on the above registration link to proceed to sign in page
  • Login in using your National Authentication System (NAS) TAWTHEEQ username and password
Screengrab from National Authentication System (TAWTHEEQ)

Screengrab from National Authentication System (TAWTHEEQ) Authentication

Step 2: Fill up the information page

Once you login you will be asked to submit the below details.

  • Occupation (Choose from drop-down)
  • Employer Name
  • Health Card (HC) Number

Step 3: Answer the following questions

Upon successful submission of the above information you will be asked to answer

  • If you have had any severe allergic reactions
  • If you’re currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you’re currently in isolation because you tested positive for COVID-19
  • If you have received plasma treatment for COVID-19 within the last 90 days

“there are certain situations in which precaution should be taken before taking the vaccine. In these cases, you should discuss with your healthcare provider to understand if and when you should take the vaccine.” – The Ministry of Public Health

Step 4: Choose if you belong to the Priority Groups

Certain population groups should receive the vaccine first because they are at higher risk. The three priority population groups are: older people, people with certain chronic conditions and key healthcare workers.

First Priority Group:

  • All adults age 60 years and older
  • Older adults at long-term care facilities/home care
  • People with severe or multiple chronic conditions that put them at highest risk; priority for those 50 years old
  • and above
  • Healthcare workers who work at COVID-19 facilities and isolation facilities
  • Healthcare workers providing care for patients at ICU/long-term care facilities/home care
  • Essential first responders/workers (EMS Emergency Medical Service, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense,
  • Oil& Gas Sector)
  • Teachers and Healthcare workers at high risk due to age or chronic conditions
  • Public Health Teams involved with contact tracing

Second Priority Group:

  • All adults 50-59 years old
  • Adults of any age who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk of having severe disease
  • Any healthcare workers and essential workers
  • Teachers

You will be allowed to choose your preferred health center, date, and time to take the COVID-19 vaccination if you fall under the First and Second priority group. You’ll also get a Request Number after the registration process. The health center for COVID-19 vaccination is not guaranteed unless you have received confirmation in your email.

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UAE set to reopen Air, Sea and Land borders to Qatar from Saturday (09 Jan 2021)

UAE set to reopen Air, Sea and Land borders to Qatar from Saturday (09 Jan 2021)

The official Twitter feed for Emirates News Agency (WAM) confirm that, the UAE will open its borders to Qatar from January 9 (Saturday) following the Al-Ula peace accord earlier this week.

The UAE will begin to end all measures taken against the State of Qatar following the signing of the Al-Ula Declaration, announces HE Khalid Abdullah Belhoul,  Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

HE Khalid Abdullah Belhoul indicated that the UAE will work to re-open all land, sea and air ports for inbound and outbound movement, and that all relevant authorities in the UAE have been notified of these measures which will go into effect as of 9 January.

UAE is the second country after Saudi Arabia to reopen borders to Qatar after the GCC Summit held on 7 January 2021.

Source: wam.ae

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Air, Sea and Land borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia to open tonight: Kuwaiti Foreign Minister

Air, Sea and Land borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia to open tonight: Kuwaiti Foreign Minister

The air, sea and land borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia will be opened tonight, the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister H.E. Sheikh Dr Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah has announced, speaking on state TV.


He also said that the H.H. Amir of Kuwait made two calls with H.H. the Amir of Qatar and the Saudi Crown Prince in order to sign the “Al-Ula summit statement”. He added that it was agreed to address all relevant issues.

H.H. the Amir received a verbal message from H.H. the Amir of Kuwait, pertaining to bilateral relations and the means to enhance them, in addition to the joint GCC action.
The message was conveyed by H.E. Kuwaiti Foreign Minister, during his meeting with H.H. the Amir.

According to Reuters, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, helped negotiate the deal and was working the phones on it until the wee hours of Monday morning. Under the emerging agreement, the four countries will end the blockade of Qatar, and in exchange, Qatar will not pursue lawsuits related to the blockade.

This is a developing story.

Source: Al Jazeera, QNA, Reuters

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People aged 65 years of age and above are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar: MoPH

People aged 65 years of age and above are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar: MoPH

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced that it has reduced the age limit to 65 years and above to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in the State of Qatar.

Before the recent announcement of 65 years age limit by MoPH, age limit was at 70 years and above for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility.

The first phase of vaccination begun on December 23, 2020 and scheduled to run until January 31, 2021. MoPH says, the priority groups currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccination are

1. People aged 65 years of age and above
2. People with severe chronic conditions
3. Healthcare workers with repeated exposure to COVID-19

MoPH stated that,

  • People who are eligible to receive the vaccine will be contacted directly by Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) by SMS or phone call to fix an appointment for vaccine
  • People who are 65 years and above, who haven’t yet contacted by PHCC either by SMS or a phone call can call PHCC hotline 40277077 to fix an appointment for vaccination.
  • People who have fixed appointments are only eligible for a vaccination at Primary Health Centers
  • All the other community members who do not meet the criteria to be eligible for COVID vaccine are requested to wait until it is their turn.

MoPH also stated that, it is working with the pharma companies to bring the next shipment of vaccines as early as possible in 2021 and everyone who needs to be vaccinated will be able to do so throughout the year.

Know about Priority Groups, How do vaccines work, FAQs and Trusted Information Source | Microsite by MoPH

Cover Image: Just for illustrative purposes only and not the actual

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His Highness The Amir receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine today

His Highness The Amir receives first dose of COVID-19 vaccine today

The Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine today (Wed, 30 Dec 2020).

His Highness The Amir posted on his Instagram handle, ‘Today I took the Covid-19 vaccine, and I wish everyone safety and protection from this epidemic”

COVID-19 vaccine | Know about Priority Groups, How do vaccines work, FAQs and Trusted Information Source – Click here

The first phase of vaccination in Qatar scheduled from December 23, 2020, to January 31, 2021, and the priority will be given to People over 70 years of age have a higher risk of severe illness and death, People with certain long-term chronic medical conditions and Healthcare workers working directly with COVID-19 patients in the state of Qatar.

Selected patients will be contacted via phone call or SMS and they will be getting the invitation to attend an appointment at one of the 7 designated health centers in Qatar. The primary health centers are:

  1. Al Wajba Health Center
  2. Leabaib Health Center
  3. Al Ruwais Health Center
  4. Umm Slal Health Center
  5. Rawdat Al Khail Health Center
  6. Al Thumama Health Center
  7. Muaither Health Center

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Visit of External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S. Jaishankar to Qatar | Press Release

Minister of External Affairs of India Dr. S Jaishankar made a two day visit to Qatar from December 27 to 28 to hold talks with his counterpart in Qatar on bilateral issues as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Press Release
Visit of External Affairs Minister of India to Qatar
(27-28 December 2020)

Doha | 28 December 2020

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar paid a two day stand-alone visit to Qatar from 27-28 December 2020. During the visit he called on Their Highnesses The Amir and Father Amir as well as the Prime Minister and Interior Minister of the State of Qatar and held detailed discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

Dr. S. Jaishankar handed over a personal message from Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to H.H. Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani inviting him to visit India and thanking Qatar for taking care of the Indian community during Covid-19. The Amir accepted the invitation to visit India at an early date. He also recalled his telephone conversation with Prime Minister during which both leaders had decided to set up Task Forces on investment and energy. Both sides are in the process of implementing this decision.

His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani appreciated the contribution of the Indian community in Qatar and recalled his visits to India. EAM thanked him for his continued guidance on India-Qatar relations. He also appreciated Father Amir for his insights on global and regional developments.

Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani and EAM discussed strengthening bilateral economic and security cooperation.

EAM held detailed discussions with Deputy PM and Foreign Minister H.E. Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on bilateral as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. Both Ministers discussed ways to strengthen the multifaceted bilateral relationship in areas such as energy, trade, investment, food processing, healthcare, education, culture, defence and security. They agreed to maintain regular consultations and coordination on all issues of mutual interest at multilateral fora. External Affairs Minister extended invitation to Deputy PM and Foreign Minister of Qatar to visit India for the first Joint Commission Meeting in 2021.

EAM interacted with the business leaders from Qatar, including the Chairmen and board members of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Qatar Businessmen Association. External Affairs Minister appreciated their commitment for business partnerships with India and briefed them about new opportunities flowing from Atmanirbhar Bharat.

EAM held a virtual interaction with the Indian community in Qatar. He appreciated the contribution of the community in meeting the Covid-19 challenge. EAM visited the Ahmed bin Ali FIFA Stadium that has been constructed by Indian company L&T along with Qatari partners Al Balagh group. He also visited the Qatar National Museum.


Source: indianembassyqatar | Image Credit: mea.gov.in

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COVID-19 vaccine dedicated microsite | Know about Priority Groups, How do vaccines work, FAQs and Trusted Information Source

COVID-19 vaccine dedicated microsite | Know about Priority Groups, How do vaccines work, FAQs and Trusted Information Source | MoPH

According to MOPH officials, The first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination in Qatar will begin from December 23, 2020 to January 31, 2021.

The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) recently launched a COVID-19 vaccine dedicated microsite to help citizens and residents to know the latest news and developments about the COVID-19 vaccine in the State of Qatar.

The newly launched microsite provides information about the Priority Groups for vaccination in Qatar, How do vaccines work?, FAQ’s about COVID-19 vaccine and also lists Trusted Information Source in Qatar about the COVID-19 vaccine.

MoPH stated that, Qatar’s vaccination strategy will enable everyone to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2021, but for now, with a limited quantity of vaccines, we must prioritize people most at risk from severe complications and death from the virus.

The first phase of vaccination is from December 23, 2020, to January 31, 2021, and the priority will be given to People over 70 years of age have a higher risk of severe illness and death, People with certain long-term chronic medical conditions and Healthcare workers working directly with COVID-19 patients in the state of Qatar.

Selected patients will be contacted via phone call or SMS and they will be getting the invitation to attend an appointment at one of the 7 designated health centers in Qatar. The primary health centers are:

  1. Al Wajba Health Center
  2. Leabaib Health Center
  3. Al Ruwais Health Center
  4. Umm Slal Health Center
  5. Rawdat Al Khail Health Center
  6. Al Thumama Health Center
  7. Muaither Health Center

MoPH Microsite: https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/Covid19-Vaccine/Pages/default.aspx

Source and Cover Image: MoPH

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