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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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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MoPH’s “Fight the Flu” campaign to cover 200,000 residents through 50 health centres/clinics

Fight the Flu | MoPH’s “Fight the Flu” campaign to cover 200,000 residents through 50 health centres/clinics

DOHA: About 200,000 people are expected to be covered under the national influenza “FIGHT THE FLU” vaccination campaign launched recently in a joint initiative by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) and Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).

Running into the 5th year of the influenza campaign, MoPH has published a list of over 50 governmental, semi-governmental and private clinics offering free vaccine in the country on its twitter account.

Apart from the PHCC health centres and HMC, there are three governmental facilities, six semi-government facilities, and 43 private clinics ensuring easy access for everyone to the vaccine.

MOI – Medical Services Department, Qatar Armed Forces Medical Speciality Centre, and Lekhwiya are the three governmental facilities.

Meanwhile, semi-governmental facilities include Sidra Medical, Qatar Red Crescent, Qatar Petroleum health services, Qatar Gas – Al Khor Community Medical Center, Qatar Foundation Primary health care center, Qatar Orthopaedic, and Sports Medicine Hospital / Aspetar.

With an imminent change in weather and the risk of influenza (flu) spreading quicker this year, health authorities have acted earlier, based on initial laboratory data and urged the public to take precautionary measures at soon as possible.

The theme of “Fight the Flu” vaccine campaign this year is to make the influenza vaccine easily accessible to everyone again and through this initiative, MoPH is building a strong partnership with private healthcare providers to increase levels of immunisation against the flu.

This year’s flu is expected to be more severe than the previous year and the flu campaign aims to reach out to a good section of the public as early as possible,” according to Dr. Abdullatif al-Khal, HMC’s deputy chief medical officer and head of Infectious Diseases and co-chair of the National Pandemic Preparedness Committee.

The annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best and safest way to reduce the chances of catching the flu and potentially spreading it to others.

Based on last year’s experience, health authorities have ordered more doses due to an increase in the demand, in fact, the new vaccine is much more effective than previous ones.

Flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalisation and sometimes, even death. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk for the flu and its complications,” explained Dr al-Khal.

High-risk people include elderly people above the age of 65, young children below five, pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions. Moreover, the side effects of flu vaccination are practically nil and the maximum side effects can be some simple soreness where the vaccine is administered.

“With flu vaccination, it is also essential to practise good hygiene by properly and frequently washing hands and protecting others from coughs and sneezes. Coughing or sneezing into a tissue paper or an elbow can help prevent the spread of seasonal influenza. People who have flu-like symptoms should stay at home to avoid infecting others,” Dr Khalid Hamid Elawad, manager, Health Protection, Preventive Health Directorate at PHCC said.

Special arrangements have been made for vaccination for the public, especially employees of ministries and other companies. If ministries and companies want their employees to be vaccinated at their work site, MoPH will be able to send trained healthcare staff to their place for vaccination.

Thousands of staff across the Qatar healthcare system have already received the vaccine in readiness for the season.

The flu season typically starts in October and goes on until April.

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