In latest news, the United Arab Emirates has warned it may enforce restrictions on those who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, revealed the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) on Tuesday. This is because the country has remained persistent in its efforts in administering the jab to its entire population as soon as possible, citing it as the only solution to the complete elimination of the deadly pandemic. Uptil now, the Emirates has vaccinated more than 65% of its eligible population, a comparatively higher number to other countries. Hence, since UAE’s immunisation campaign primarily stresses on the importance of inoculation, unvaccinated individuals might pose a threat in spreading the virus once again.
“Strict measures are being considered to restrict the movement of unvaccinated individuals and to implement preventive measures such as forbidding entry to some places and having access to some services,” NCEMA spokesman Saif Al Dhaheri said. “Your hesitation today is an obstacle to our goals, it puts your family, loved ones and community at risk,” he noted.
The UAE has one of the world’s fastest Covid-19 vaccination programmes. The Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre recently conducted a study on the efficacy of vaccination in the emirate and found a significant reduce in the rate of Covid-19 infection after receiving a second vaccine dose. The study also showed that if anyone contracts the virus after the second dose of the vaccine, they will encounter mild symptoms and will probably not require hospitalisation or an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The study found the efficacy of vaccination in preventing hospitalisation is 93%, while the efficacy of vaccination in reducing the need for ICU is 95%. It also revealed that no deaths related to Covid-19 have been recorded in Abu Dhabi by those who have received all the required vaccine doses.