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The progress of the UAE’s COVID vaccination program has been exemplary. As per the latest available data, the UAE has administered at least 24,922,054 doses of COVID vaccines. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 127.5% of the country’s population.
As such, UAE COVID vaccination certificates are currently being issued all over the country. Even though the UAE has lifted off some restrictions regarding COVID-19 restrictions including the requirement to use Al Hosn app, let’s discuss everything you need to know about the COVID vaccination certificate in the UAE.
What is the COVID vaccine certificate?
COVID vaccination certificate/card is proof that you have taken the full doses and/or booster shots of any vaccine approved in the country. The COVID vaccine certificate also shows which vaccine was taken, on what dates, and which vaccination centre.
As mandated by the Al Hosn app, the Green Pass can only be secured by fully vaccinated individuals who have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UAE. To remain active, the Green Pass also requires a booster dose six months after the second/last vaccine dose.
Vaccine certificate in the UAE
UAE residents may obtain their COVID vaccination certificate anywhere in the country. However, there are subtle differences depending on where you reside.
Vaccine certificate Abu Dhabi
Residents of Abu Dhabi may obtain their COVID vaccine certificate through the Al Hosn app. The Al Hosn app serves as UAE’s national COVID vaccine registry, which means that the app automatically tracks and records your vaccination status.
To obtain your COVID vaccination status on the Al Hosn app, you simply need to download the Al Hosn app and complete the registration. You can download the Al Hosn app on Google Play or Apple Store.
Vaccine Certificate Dubai
If you’re a Dubai resident, you can also obtain your COVID vaccination status via the Al Hosn app as explained above.
DHA vaccine certificate
Individuals who have been administered vaccine shots at the Dubai Health Authority health centres can download their DHA vaccine certificate at the DHA portal. Simply provide either the MRN number, passport number, or Emirates ID to access the certificate.
Vaccine certificate registration
For individuals vaccinated by the Dubai Health Authority or in one of the Emirate of Dubai’s private vaccination centers, they may register their vaccine certificate by completing the online form on the DHA’s online portal.
Note that the DHA portal also allows holders of COVID vaccine certificates to update their recorded data.
Benefits for UAE residents
With the COVID certificate being one of the prerequisites to obtain the Green Pass, access to numerous public places in Abu Dhabi does depend on the COVID certificate.
School attendance for vaccinated students
Students aged 16 and above must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be allowed entry to schools in Abu Dhabi.
The policies mean all pupils aged 16 and above, as well as staff and all visitors, must be fully vaccinated with a UAE-approved vaccine to access the school premises, whether within or outside school hours. The vaccinations must be verified on the Alhosn app prior to returning to school at the start of the academic year, as announced by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).
The decision doesn’t apply to those who are unvaccinated because of an exemption, nor to children aged 15 and below, the media office added.
Students and school staff with vaccination exemptions can enter school premises provided the exemption is verified on the Alhosn app or through an official letter from a Department of Health-Abu Dhabi-authorised vaccination providers such as SEHA or Mubadala Health.
Students who will turn 16 after schools reopen and who wish to continue face-to-face learning in school, must receive the first dose of a UAE-approved vaccine within four weeks of their birthday, with a confirmation of it displayed on their Al Hosn app.