Hamad General Hospital Medical Director Dr Yousef Al Maslamani affirmed that the percentage of vaccinated people contracting COVID-19 is almost zero, compared to unvaccinated people.

In a recent interview, Dr Al Maslamani told Qatar TV that the risk of transmission from a person who has been vaccinated is very small. However, he said that despite this data, they still conduct PCR test for vaccinated people after their return from travel abroad; and if their results are positive, these individuals are required to undergo the same quarantine conditions as those who are not vaccinated.

He also advised people to avoid travel at this time and if they have to travel, to choose an epidemiologically stable country.

Travelling to epidemiologically unstable countries may cause many problems as the person may be exposed to the virus.

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Dr Al Maslamani expressed satisfaction with the level of vaccination in Qatar. So far, 55% of the eligible population has received two doses of the vaccine, which is very encouraging.

Some people, he said, do not want to be vaccinated and this is their right. But as a country, Qatar must reach the level of 70% to 80% vaccination rate to protect society. He said that this percentage is likely to be achieved in October.

A total of 2,898,814 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Qatar since the start of the national vaccination programme, with 70% of people over 16 years old having received at least one dose, according to data published by the Ministry of Public Health this week.

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