The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that its citizens will now demand to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to travel in the country.
From 10 January, the citizens of the country will be obliged to be fully vaccinated for those who are not fully vaccinated and with a requirement to obtain a booster dose for the fully vaccinated.
The country’s National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said in a tweet: “Travel ban for UAE citizens not vaccinated with # Covid19 vaccine, from January 10, 2022, with a requirement to achieve booster dose for the fully vaccinated. “
However, there will be some relief and it will not apply to those who are medically exempt from taking the vaccine, humanitarian cases and treatment cases.
This decision from the UAE comes as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 collects infections in a large number of countries and has increased hospitalizations in many parts of the world.
Earlier, a senior official had said that the country has tightened preventive measures, including imposing restrictions on passengers traveling to the UAE from countries that are witnessing an increase in infections and the emergence of variants, and the mandatory use of it green passport system on 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 fully vaccinated.
“Due to the directives of the United Arab Emirates’ leadership and the efforts of the national vaccination campaign, vaccines have been delivered on a large scale across the country and to all sections of society that are eligible to take the vaccine. Today, the country’s vaccination rate is higher, which will ensure the collective immunity of society and support the country’s recovery efforts, “she added.
She then explained that the booster shot is an important factor in protecting public health and the security of society and plays a crucial role in boosting collective immunity, especially under the current conditions.
“Studies have shown that vaccines and booster doses contribute significantly to reducing the effects of the disease and play a major role in counteracting variants,” she said. She urged all persons aged 18 or over who are eligible to take the vaccine to go to the nearest vaccination center and take the booster syringe six months after taking the second dose of the vaccine.
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