The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has dismissed as false the rumours circulated across social media platforms about COVID-19 vaccines. Those spreading fake information will be held legally accountable, it warned.
MoHAP, in a statement, underlined the importance of obtaining information from official and reliable sources, and called upon all community members to verify the information before circulating them and avoid legal liability.
According to a tweet posted on the UAE Public Prosecution’s official handle last November, those spreading false information about products in the UAE will be slapped fines not less than Dh100,000 and not exceeding Dh500,000 or temporary imprisonment or either of the two.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) advised the public about the importance of getting vaccinated, given the new mutations of the coronavirus that is more dangerous.
On January 13, MoHAP announced that 118,928 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given in the past 24 hours. The total number of doses provided so far stands at 1,394,580.
Among the dignitaries receiving the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah.
The Ministry is currently working to increase the operational capacity in government and private health facilities and add more facilities to receive and accommodate the increasing numbers of community members willing to take the vaccine. Those wishing to take the vaccine do not have to book prior appointments; instead they can go directly to centres, hospitals and councils offering the vaccine.
The Sinopharm CNBG COVID-19 vaccine will also be administered within select SEHA facilities, including 35 Ambulatory Health Services (AHS) facilities in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, 6 hospitals in the Al Dhafra region, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, SEHA’s National Screening Centre in Mina Rashid and Khawaneej in Dubai city, and existing screening centres in industrial areas, with an overall capacity of 150,000.
The COVID-19 vaccination centres, located in Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal in Abu Dhabi City and Al Ain Convention Centre in Al Ain City, have a collective capacity to administer vaccine shots to 6,000 people daily and were established in a record four days. Vaccination aspirants will first register and then undergo a vital check-up, including blood pressure, height, weight, and temperature. Women will have to take a pregnancy test.
This will be followed by an assessment to confirm eligibility and signing a consent form. Thereafter, the first dose will be given. The appointment for the second dose, to be administered three to four weeks later, will come soon after.