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UAE may restrict movement of Covid-19 unvaccinated people


DUBAI – UAE authorities are mulling measures to restrict the movement of people unvaccinated from Covid-19, the spokesperson for the crisis management authority said.

Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesperson of the National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), said in a recent media briefing that officials are considering restricting unvaccinated people from certain places to protect public health.

“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,” Al Dhaheri said.

No further details were given for the “preventive measures” and the restrictions on access to certain places and services in the country.

“Your hesitation today is an obstacle to our goals, it puts your family, loved ones and community at risk,” Al Dhaheri said, referring to unvaccinated people.

Meanwhile, the UAE has an ongoing nationwide immunization campaign, with about 65 percent of the eligible population given the Covid-19 vaccine so far.

The vaccines available in the UAE include China’s Sinopharm vaccine and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, as well as the vaccine from AstraZeneca.

On Wednesday (April 21), Abu Dhabi approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The UAE has overseen the second-fastest vaccination campaign in the world, announcing on Wednesday that some 9.9 million vaccine doses had been administered so far. ICA/Expat Media

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