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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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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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

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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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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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The first batch of an approved Covid-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Qatar by the end of this year

The first batch of an approved Covid-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Qatar by the end of this year.

Qatar is all set to procure a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is released for global use.

A senior health official has said that, the first batch of an approved Covid-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in Qatar by the end of this year.

Manager of Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control under the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Dr Hamad Eid al-Romaihi told Al Rayyan TV that Qatar has signed agreements with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to procure Covid-19 vaccines.

Under the agreement signed by the MoPH with Pfizer, Qatar will have priority in obtaining vaccination for the coronavirus, he said.

He expects the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to reach the country at the end of 2020.

The Moderna vaccine, on the other hand, will come in the first half of 2021 based on the agreement with the company.

Dr Al-Romaihi said the MoPH has made sure that there are multiple sources to obtain vaccines from to ensure that the required quantities are available in the country.
Explaining the vaccination process, he said, priority will be given to people at risk of infection, such as the elderly as well as those with chronic diseases, in addition to medical personnel on the frontlines of dealing with Covid-19 cases.

He referred to the efficacy levels of Covid-19 vaccines, as announced by the two leading pharma companies, noting that Moderna’s experimental vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing Covid-19 based on interim data from a late-stage trial, while Pfizer’s early data showed that its vaccine developed with BioNTech, is more than 90% effective. These percentages are high given that the effectiveness of the seasonal influenza vaccine ranges between 40% and 60%, he observed.

On whether it is possible for one person to be infected with Covid-19 more than once, Dr al-Romaihi said studies conducted in Qatar indicated that the chances of getting infected twice with the virus are low — four cases per 10,000 people. “The percentage is very small,” he added.

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) had revealed that it had been in talks with several pharmaceutical companies to secure the vaccine and had already signed an agreement with Pfizer and BioNTech to supply Qatar with their BNT162 mRNA-based candidate vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.

Last month, the Ministry had also confirmed that it had signed another agreement with US-based Moderna, a Massachusetts-based biotech company.

Source: gulf-times.com | Image: Just for illustrative purposes only

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