Qatar has recently launched a ‘Drive-Through Vaccination Centre’ for more efficient facilitation of the COVID-19 vaccine second dose.
Please note that the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all residents of Qatar based on the national phased approach. Only individuals who have had their first dose of the vaccine are eligible to avail of the drive-through services.
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Who is eligible for vaccinations at the drive-through centre?
People receiving their second vaccine dose will be eligible to visit the drive-through centre.
Where is the drive-through centre located?
Lusail, behind the Lusail Multipurpose Hall.
What do people need to bring?
- Health card
- Vaccination card (which was given at the time of the first dose)
- Ehteraz (with green status)
11 am to 10 pm, seven days a week. Please note that the last entrance to the centre will be at 9 pm.
Is an appointment needed to attend the drive-through centre?
No. People need not have an appointment to avail of the services at the drive-through centre. However, as the centre is only for people receiving their second dose, these eligible individuals can only avail of the vaccination services 21 days after their first dose. The date will be given to them when they have their first dose.
Please note that people cannot visit the drive-through centre on any day other than the set date for the second dose.
People attending the drive-through centre will be seen on a first-come, first-seen basis. At peak times you may be required to wait while other people are attended to first.
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Do people need to wear masks during their visit?
Yes. All attendees must wear masks at all times in their vehicles while at the drive-through centre.
Even if the vehicle has only one occupant, they must still wear a mask as they will be interacting with medical staff at the centre.
Can people visit the drive-through centre together in one vehicle?
Yes. If you have family or friends who are also due to have their second dose on the same day, you can attend the drive-through centre in the same vehicle.
Note that a maximum of four people is allowed in one vehicle. Vehicles with more than four occupants will not be admitted to the drive-through centre. No pets are allowed inside vehicles when visiting the drive-through centre.
Vaccination process at the drive-through centre:
Step 1: On arrival, security will check your Ehteraz and you will be directed to one of the primary waiting lanes. Each occupant of the car will be asked to have their Ehteraz ready for inspection on arrival.
Step 2: Once you reach the front of the primary waiting lane, you will be directed to one of the ten vaccination lanes.
Step 3: Your first stop will be at the registration or assessment pod. Once you reach this point you will be asked to place your car in park, apply your brake and lower the car window/s. A member of the drive-through centre team will ask for your QID, health card and vaccination card. You will also be asked a few quick assessment questions.
All occupants should always remain inside the vehicle. After registration is complete, your vaccination and ID cards will be returned to you and you will be asked to drive forward to the next stop
Step 4: The second stop is at the vaccination pod – where you will once again be asked to put your car in to park and apply the brake. A member of the drive-through team will take each occupant’s vaccination card and they will administer the vaccine to vehicle occupants through the vehicle windows.
Step 5: Once all occupants have been vaccinated, you will then be asked to drive into the observation parking area where you will be required to wait (in your car) for a short while to ensure you do not have a reaction to the vaccine.
Paramedic teams will be on-site in the unlikely event that anyone has a reaction requiring emergency medical support.
Step 6: Once your wait time is up, the observation team will come to your vehicle and give you your completed vaccination cards. You will then be free to leave the drive-through centre.
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