Covid-19 booster vaccinations in Qatar: FAQs by MoPH

Doha: With the Covid-19 booster vaccinations currently being administered to selected high-risk individuals in Qatar, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) answered several Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to inform citizens and residents on who is eligible to receive the booster dose as well as the process of scheduling an appointment.

Shared on its official Twitter account, the Frequently Asked Questions are as follows:

Why is a COVID-19 Booster Vaccination needed? 

The latest internationally recognised clinical evidence shows that average protective immunity obtained from the first two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines begins to decline after eight months.

The booster vaccination will give citizens and residents longer-term protection against all variants of COVID-19.

What is the process to make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose? 

Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) are contacting eligible individuals directly to set an appointment. The Ministry of Public Health urged citizens and residents to receive their COVID-19 booster vaccination once eligible to ensure immunity and protection against COVID-19 remains.

An appointment is required for all COVID-19 booster vaccinations and currently no walk-in appointments are permitted.

Who is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 Booster Vaccination? 

Currently, high-risk individuals who have their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than eight months ago are eligible.

This includes: 
• Those over 50 years of age 
• Those who are immunocompromised 
• Those, regardless of their age, with chronic medical conditions that increase their risk for contracting a severe case of COVID-19 
• Frontline healthcare workers

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