The United Arab Emirates(UAE) has declared that the citizens of the country will now require to get completely vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel in the country.
- Beginning from 10 January, citizens of the country will be mandatorily required to get completely vaccinated for those who are not completely vaccinated and with a need to obtain the booster dose for the completely vaccinated.
National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority
The country’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) told in a tweet, “Ban on Travel on UAE citizens unvaccinated with #Covid19 vaccine, beginning Jan 10, 2022, with a need to obtain the booster dose for the completely vaccinated.”
Decision by the UAE
This decision by the UAE comes as the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 is rallying infections in a large number of countries and has surged hospitalizations in multiple parts of the world.
Earlier a senior official had expressed that the country has tightened the preventive measures, including imposing restrictions on passengers traveling to the UAE from countries witnessing a surge in infections and the emergence of variants, and the mandatory use of the green pass system on the Al Hosn application.
She then added that 100 percent of the population received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 91.50 percent are completely vaccinated.
“Due to the directives of the UAE’s leadership and the efforts of the national vaccination campaign, vaccines have been provided on a wide scale all around the country and to all parts of the community who are eligible to take the vaccine.
Today, the country’s vaccination rate is reaching higher, which will ensure the joint immunity of the community and supports the country’s recovery efforts,” she further counted.
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She then explained that the booster shot is a major factor in protecting public health and the community’s safety and plays a crucial role in boosting collective immunity, especially during the present situations.
“Studies have shown vaccines and booster doses significantly contribute to reducing the disease’s effects and play a major role in countering variants,” she said.
She urged all individuals aged 18 or over who are eligible to take the vaccine to head to the nearest vaccination center and take the booster shot six months after taking the second dose of the vaccine.
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