According to the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), the recently closed COVID-19 vaccination centre at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) had achieved its goal of administering over 650,000 vaccines to eligible individuals in Qatar. The vaccination centre was closed on 29 June. 

The Mass Vaccination Campaign project at QNCC started on 18 February this year, aimed to maximise the vaccine administration capacity in Qatar and immunize a wider population efficiently and quickly. The education sector cohort was the centre’s priority group. At least 70% vaccination of both doses had been administered for teaching, non-teaching staff and eligible students.

Successful rollout

PHCC Managing Director Dr Mariam Abdul Malik said that PHCC proudly undertook the project to effectively and efficiently reach out to the community.

Our teams have worked hard to deliver the vaccines to the most vulnerable in our communities. Thank you to everyone who has worked to support the project and to the public for their continued support and understanding.

PHCC Executive Director of Operations Dr Samya Al Abdullah said they are immensely proud of the effort and dedication of their team to keep the communities safe ad protected. She said that the QNCC vaccination centre played an important part in the successful rollout of the vaccine campaign in Qatar, providing an efficient and accessible service to all.

MotoGP paddock covid vaccination QatarPHCC Project Director Dr Yasmin Ali Morad said that setting up the QNCC vaccination centre required project planning and clear implementation, with systems and processes continuously monitored and improved. She explained that the requirements were dynamic and the changes in management and agility were among the keys to their success.

More than 35 different teams, comprising of over 1,000 staff – 400 administrative team members including core project team, technical support team, customer service and external teams of volunteers, security and MOI and at least 600 clinical team members including nurses, lab technicians/technologist, physicians, pharmacists and EMS – had to be coordinated on a daily basis. Communication was key not only within the team but also with other stakeholders and other vaccination centres to ensure overall success.

Teams were able to administer more than 9,000 vaccination doses in a day through one centre alone, proof of their dedication to success.

Individuals who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at QNCC will soon be scheduled for their second dose appointments soon.

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