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Updated 6 October 2021

According to the Dubai Health Authority, residents and citizens in Dubai can now obtain Pfizer-BioNTech booster injections if they fall under specific defined categories (DHA). The Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot is said to increase the immune response in trial participants who finished their primary series 6 months earlier.

Keep reading to know more about the Pfizer booster shot in the Dubai, how it works, where to get it and who’s eligible.

The Pfizer booster shot program in Dubai

Who can get the Pfizer booster shot?

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) will start administering a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine to certain residents with compromised immune systems.

Among those eligible for the Pfizer booster shot are:

  • People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems
  • Individuals who have an active tumor and haematological malignancy or have recently received treatment for the condition
  • Recipients of a solid organ transplant or patients who have undergone haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)
  • People who suffer from a severe case of primary immunodeficiency
  • Patients with advanced or untreated HIV
  • Patients undergoing active treatment with agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory

The shot will be available to those aged 60 and above, patients in long-term care facilities aged 18 and up, and those aged 50-59 underlying medical conditions.

Where and how can I get the Pfizer booster shot?

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination boosters are available at seven Dubai Health Authority facilities. Appointments may be made via the DHA smartphone app or by calling the contact center at 800 342. There is also an Apple and Android app available.

All you have to do now is schedule your appointment once you’ve enrolled. The following clinics provide the vaccine:

  • Al Barsha Primary Healthcare Centre
  • Al Mizhar Primary Healthcare Centre
  • Al Safa Primary Healthcare Centre
  • Hatta Hospital
  • Nadd Al Hamar Primary Healthcare Centre
  • Uptown Mirdif Medical Fitness Centre
  • Zabeel Primary Healthcare Centre

Patients should be assessed by their doctors before taking the third dose. If a third dose must be administered, their physicians will book the appointment for them in the same hospital.

How much does the booster cost?

Booster shots are provided free of charge.

Is there any document required to get the booster shot?

Residents whose visas are issued in Dubai but have received treatment for their conditions outside the city will have to obtain an attested medical report approved by their physician in order to receive the third dose.

 

Why should I get the booster shot?

The booster shot is required to strengthen the immunity amongst the vulnerable including immune compromised patients against the different strains of the coronavirus, especially due to spread and emergence of the new mutant stains.

Dr Sunil Vyas, specialist pulmonologist at Aster Hospital in Dubai said “The covid vaccine booster shot has been advised by the UAE as well as other countries based on scientific research and the mutant strains being detected. The reason has been that the two doses of the Covid vaccine might not be as effective to prevent the mutant strain”.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) also strongly suggests all eligible citizens to get their booster shots.

 

Are there any side effects to the booster shot?

Eighty-eight percent of survey participants stated they felt “similar or better” in the days after the third injection than they did after the second shot.

Thirty-one per cent reported some side effects, the most common being soreness at the injection site. About 0.4 per cent said they suffered difficulty breathing, and 1 per cent said they sought medical treatment owing to one or more side effects.

Participants in the booster study had 3.3 times greater antibody levels one month after receiving the booster than one month after receiving their second dose.

 

If I don’t get a booster shot, am I still considered “completely vaccinated?”

Yes. Two weeks following their second dosage in a two-shot series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, everyone is still deemed completely immunised.