The government of Qatar has enforced strict measures to control the spread of coronavirus due to which the Covid-19 mortality rates are one of the lowest in the world. But the world outbreak of the virus has affected the lifestyle of the people negatively. Education systems have been disrupted, elderly people have been living a more isolated life, social events have been postponed and travellers were unable to return to their home countries.
With efficient distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, the government succeeded in controlling the pandemic. Most of the social activities have resumed but with precautionary measures.
As of now, 85% of the population of Qatar have received the first 2 doses and second doses of the Coivid-19 vaccine. The Ministry of Public Health has even begun to release booster doses for all candidates after a period of 6 months from taking the second dose of vaccine.
What are the Covid-19 Vaccines Available in Qatar?
Currently in Qatar, there are 2 vaccines that have been approved by the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Control. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
Pfizer - BioNTech :
This Covid-19 vaccine was FDA approved on August 23, 2021.This vaccine is also called Cominarty. Pfizer, Inc., and BioNTech are manufacturing this vaccine in their own facilities in the USA and Europe. Individuals 12 years and older are eligible for this vaccine.
Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by ModernaTX, Inc. is available under EUA as a two-dose primary series for individuals 18 years of age and older. For individuals of age 18 year and above, if they are immunocompromised a third primary dose should be taken.
The Pharmacy and Drug Control Department in the MOPH has approved the Pfizer- BioNtech vaccine for use for people that are at least 12 years of age and older.
How to Get Covid Vaccine in Qatar?
MOPH Online Registration: Register your choice using the vaccine registration page on the MOPH website. You shall be notified once your appointment is confirmed
Contact Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) : If you have not received an invitation call from your health center, Follow any of the below mentioned , to avail your appointment.
- Contact PHCC’s call center hotline on 40277077 during working hours.
- Making an appointment using the PHCC Nar’aakom App.
- Visiting your registered health center to make an appointment.
- Call PHCC’s customer service team, Hayyak, on 107 for assistance.
How to get booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine in Qatar
The PHCC is now offering booster doses for the Covid-19 vaccines for all individuals after at least 6 months from receiving their second dose of covid-19 vaccine.
The PHCC is directly contacting the people who are eligible for these booster doses to set an appointment. If anyone is not contacted they can call the PHCC hotline on 40277077 to book an appointment. The same can also be made using the PHCC’ s Nar’aakom app.
It has been studied that the protective effect of the Covid-19 vaccines gradually diminishes from our immune system 6 months onwards after taking the second dose of vaccines. This is why the booster is important. The booster does ensure long-term protection from the Covid-19 virus, which is mutating at a rapid rate. The MOPH promotes taking the booster dose for all eligible individuals at the earliest so that their immunity is not compromised.