Dr Hanadi Al Hamad, National Health Strategy 2018-2022 Lead for Healthy Ageing, is calling on family members to support their elderly relatives to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Dr Al Hamad explained that it is the responsibility of children and family members of elderly relatives to support them to get vaccinated.

Now that we have approved and effective vaccines, elderly people have the opportunity to become protected and live free from the threat of this virus. I ask anyone with elderly relatives who are not yet vaccinated to support your elderly mother, father and loves ones to get vaccinated and get protected.

Dr Al Hamad also emphasised that the vaccines are safe, and more than 327,000 doses have been safely administered to the most vulnerable people in Qatar.

Getting the vaccine is safe and easy

Older people have a significantly increased risk from COVID-19, according to Dr Al Hamad. She said that people over 60 years of age are more likely to get sick, more likely to need medical treatment, more likely to require admission to ICU and, sadly, more at risk of dying as a result of severe complications from COVID-19.

The National COVID-19 Vaccination Program is now moving at pace. More than half of Qatar’s elderly population have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 61% of people over 70 years old and 55% of people over 60 years old having received at least one vaccine dose.

Dr Al Hamad said that getting vaccinated is easy: vaccines are available in all 27 primary health centres and the homecare teams of Hamad Medical Corporation are vaccinating housebound patients in the safety and comfort of their own homes. Anyone over 60 years of age should call the Primary Health Care Corporation on 4027 7077 to book a vaccination appointment at a designated health centre.

For more COVID-19 updates, visit moph.gov.qa

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