Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced on Wednesday that certain residents with compromised immune systems will receive a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine. The Pfizer booster shot is recommended for:
>People with a moderately or severely dormant immune system
>People with an active tumor or haematological malignancy or who have recently undergone treatment for the condition
>Patients who have received a solid organ transplant or have had haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)
>Patients who suffer from a severe form of primary immune deficiency
>Patients who are HIV-infected or have untreated AIDS
>Patients who are receiving active immunosuppressive or immunomodulating treatment
These individuals should also be over the age of 12. Prior to taking the third dose, patients should be evaluated by their doctors. Their physicians will make an appointment for them in the same hospital if a third dose needs to be administered. Dubai residents who have been treated outside the city but whose visas have been issued in Dubai will have to obtain an attested medical report approved by their doctor in order to receive the third dose.
To verify their eligibility, they will have to schedule a consultation appointment with a DHA family medicine doctor or request a telemedicine consultation by calling 800 342.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated and do not have an immune disease will not need to take an additional dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for now, according to the DHA. Any new developments will be announced. According to the authority, some patients with immune-related diseases may not need a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.