The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dubai will offer the Chinese-developed Sinopharm vaccine to its residents and Emirati citizens free of charge starting from Sunday as part of its vaccination drive, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced on Saturday.
Only Emiratis and Dubai residents over 60 are eligible to receive the shot in the first phase of the vaccine rollout.
This move is in line with the authority’s intent to offer different types of vaccines in the emirate for people to choose from, the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported.
Prior to the inclusion of the Chinese vaccine, hospitals and institutions administered by the DHA only provided the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was approved by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management on December 22 last year.
The DHA said earlier on January 23 that it was slowing down the rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine due to a temporary delay in global deliveries.
The vaccine will be available at Nadd Al Hamar Health Centre, Al Twar Health Centre and Al Mankhool Health Centre in Dubai, according to the Gulf News.
(Compiled by Zhang Heng)