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Dubai expands eligibility for Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

 

DUBAI – Former Covid-19 patients do not need to wait three months to get a vaccine as the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced expanded eligibility criteria on Saturday (April 17).

According to DHA, patients who had Covid-19 can cake the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after completing their quarantine period, provided the infection was mild or non-symptomatic.

“If the infection was moderate or severe and required hospitalisation, the timeframe for vaccination after infection will depend on the decision of the medical team that treated the patient,” said Dr. Farida Al Khaja, CEO of DHA’s Clinical Support Services and Nursing Sector.

Women who are breastfeeding as well as those who are planning to conceive are also now eligible to take the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

“Mothers who are breastfeeding can now take an mRNA vaccine as per the latest DHA vaccine guidelines. There is no need to stop breastfeeding before or after vaccination,” said Dr. Muna Tahlak, CEO of Latifa Hospital for Women and Children.

According to Tahlak, clinical studies have shown that the mRNA vaccine is safe for women who are breastfeeding or planning to conceive, unless the patient has certain medical contraindications to vaccines or any vaccine component.


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