Free flu vaccination for all Abu Dhabi residents

A drive-through vaccination service is available at select centres

  
Medical workers wearing protective suits and face masks work at the Biogenix Laboratories, which performs COVID-19 detection tests in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 6, 2020.

Medical workers wearing protective suits and face masks work at the Biogenix Laboratories, which performs COVID-19 detection tests in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 6, 2020.

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Patients visiting any Seha facility for a Covid-19 test will be given the option to take a flu jab 

The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) will provide free influenza vaccination to all residents, it was announced on Monday. The UAE’s largest healthcare network will be offering the seasonal influenza vaccine at all its healthcare facilities. A drive-through option is available at select centres. The Seha will also offer the jab at residents’ homes in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, if needed.

This is part of a public health campaign called ‘Protect yourself, protect your community’, launched by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre. The joint campaign aims to raise awareness about the vaccine’s integral role in prevention of the seasonal influenza. Furthermore, it also reiterates the importance of immunisation for employees in the healthcare sector.

To receive the vaccine, individuals may call the Seha’s call centre on 80050 to book an appointment. Patients visiting any of the Seha’s facilities for a Covid-19 test, “and are vulnerable”, will be given the option to take a flu jab.

At-home service

Additionally, vaccines can be taken at home by residents. The service costs Dh500 per household, regardless of the number of people being immunised. Appointments can be booked by calling 027117117. The Seha will provide the jab to companies in Abu Dhabi (0564103180) and Al Ain (0562187886).

Dr Noura Al Ghaithi, chief operations officer, ambulatory healthcare services, Seha, said: “In close collaboration with our partners, we have rolled out a comprehensive plan to ensure that all members of our community have easy and safe access to the vaccine during these challenging times.

“Both Covid-19 and influenza viruses exhibit similar symptoms, underlining the importance of getting immunised this year to stay protected and alleviate the pressure on the healthcare sector. When more people get vaccinated, healthcare professionals will be able to dedicate their efforts to manage the (challenges posed) ... by Covid-19 and other critical medical conditions.”

The Seha is also immunising all its employees as part of the annual campaign.

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