The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has lowered the threshold age for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 65 years from 70 in the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

In a statement, MoPH said people who are eligible for the vaccination at this stage will be contacted directly by the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) via SMS or phone call to arrange their appointment.

With these updates, the three categories who are now eligible for the vaccine are people aged 65 years and older, people with severe chronic conditions, as well as healthcare workers with repeated exposure to COVID-19.

Those who are eligible but have not yet been contacted can now call the hotline number 4027 7077 to book an appointment. The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme runs until 31 January.

MoPH reminds the public that vaccinations at health centres will only be administered to people with pre-arranged appointments. All other community members who do not meet the criteria for the early phase of the campaign are requested to wait for their turn.

MOPH said they are working with pharmaceutical companies to ensure that the next shipment of vaccines arrives in Qatar as early as possible, and everyone who needs to be vaccinated will have access to the vaccine throughout the year.