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All DHA vaccination centres across Dubai have started giving the COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant women starting from June 29. This was announced by the Dubai Health Authority.

In order to receive the vaccination, those interested need to pre-register and book an appointment through DHA’s smart application or DHA WhatsApp on 800342.

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Pregnant women are being included in the vaccination campaign to shield them from risks of infection and enhance overall levels of protection in the community, said Dr. Muna Tahlak, CEO of Latifa Hospital for Women and Children. She said the DHA is continuing to expand its coverage of all social categories and segments eligible to receive the vaccination in Dubai, as per a strategic plan rolled out on December 23, 2020.

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DHA has reserved the required doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine necessary to vaccinate pregnant women residing in the emirate. Before taking the vaccine, pregnant women, especially those with underlying health conditions, should consult with a specialist doctor monitoring their pregnancy, Dr. Tahlak stressed. It is recommended that the vaccine be taken after the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.

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The total number of doses provided up to June 29 stands at 15,198,661 with a rate of vaccine distribution of 153.67 doses per 100 people.