The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that citizens of the country will now need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel to the country.
From January 10, citizens of the country will have to be fully vaccinated for those who are not fully vaccinated and with the obligation to obtain the booster dose for those who are fully vaccinated.
The country’s National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said in a tweet: “Travel ban for UAE citizens not vaccinated with the # Covid19 vaccine, from January 10, 2022, with the obligation to obtain the booster dose for fully vaccinated persons. “
However, there will be some relaxations and this will not be applicable for people medically exempt from taking the vaccine, humanitarian cases and treatment.
The UAE move comes as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 rallies infections in a large number of countries and has increased hospitalizations in many parts of the world.
Earlier, a senior official said the country has stepped up preventive measures, including placing restrictions on passengers traveling to the UAE from countries with increased infections and the emergence of variants, and compulsory 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 that 91.50 percent are fully immunized.
âDue to guidance from UAE leaders and the efforts of the national immunization campaign, vaccines have been widely provided across the country and to all segments of the community eligible to receive the vaccine. , the country’s vaccination rate is increasing, which will ensure the collective immunity of the community and support the country’s recovery efforts, âshe added.
She then explained that the booster is a major factor in protecting public health and community safety and plays a crucial role in strengthening herd immunity, especially under current conditions.
âStudies have shown that vaccines and booster doses significantly help reduce the effects of the disease and play a major role in controlling variants,â she said. She urged all people aged 18 or older who are eligible to receive the vaccine to go to the nearest vaccination center and be reminded six months after taking the second dose of the vaccine.
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