As many as 514,708 COVID-19 vaccine booster doses have been administered under the National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has said.
A total of 5,479,206 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the programme. As many as 31,928 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the past 24 hours, it added.
With this, the MoPH said, 86.8 percent of the total population have now been fully vaccinated with two doses.
The MoPH said any one aged 12 years and above who had their second COVID-19 vaccine dose more than six months ago is eligible for the booster dose.
“Protect yourself, your family and community; get your booster dose when you become eligible,” the ministry stressed.
“Clinical evidence shows that the booster dose provides around 75% protection against mild to moderate infection and more than 90% protection against severe infection or death,” the MoPH said in a related infographic, explaining how effective the vaccine is. “Additionally, almost all patients admitted to intensive care units are either unvaccinated or had their second dose of the vaccine more than six months ago, and had not received their booster dose.”
COVID-19 booster doses are being administered at all 28 Primary Health Care Corporation health centres as well as the Qatar Vaccination Centre for Business and Industry in Bu Garn.86.8% of population now been fully vaccinated with two doses: MoPH