COVID-19: UAE may impose restrictions on unvaccinated residents

Unvaccinated residents won't be able to enter some places and obtain some services

  
A medical worker injects a dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to a woman, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates December 23, 2020. Government of Dubai Media Office/Handout via REUTERS

A medical worker injects a dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to a woman, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates December 23, 2020. Government of Dubai Media Office/Handout via REUTERS

 

The UAE is considering the possibility of imposing movement restrictions on residents who have not taken the Covid-19 vaccine despite being eligible to do so.

Addressing the Covid-19 briefing on Tuesday, the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) said unvaccinated residents won't be able to enter some places and obtain some services.

Delaying or refusing the vaccine is a threat to the safety of society and exposes all groups, especially those most vulnerable to infection, to the coronavirus, NCEMA added.

"We stress that it is necessary and important that all residents above the age of 16 eligible for vaccination must get vaccinated in order to reach full recovery and protect society from Covid variants."

Individuals with medical conditions must see a specialist doctor to determine whether they are eligible to get vaccinated.

"Your hesitation today is an obstacle to our goals, it puts your family, loved ones and community at risk. Receiving the vaccine will contribute to immunising and protecting the community from this epidemic," said the NCEMA.

"The vaccine is our best means to recover and return to a normal life."

 
 

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