The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) Monday activated a dedicated hotline number to enable those who are 65 years and over to book, cancel or schedule pre-booked vaccination appointments.
The dedicated line 402 7707 is currently available from 7am to 11pm.
This number will be available only to the elderly priority group at this stage, PHCC said in a press statement.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced the age threshold for Covid-19 vaccine eligibility has been lowered to 65 years. The amendment sees the age threshold brought down from 70 years of age and means the following three vaccinations at health centers will continue to be given to people with pre-arranged appointments that fall under the priority groups:
1) People aged 65 years of age and above
2) People with severe chronic conditions
3) Healthcare workers with repeated exposure to Covid-19
“To ensure that we are further prioritizing those mostly at risk of severe complications from Covid-19 we have now activated a dedicated hotline number. This dedicated number will improve accessibility for our clients and encourage uptake of the vaccine by providing further flexibility on appointment booking, ” said Dr Mariam Abdul Malik, Managing Director, PHCC.
Members of the community who are eligible for the vaccine will continue to be contacted through phone/SMS by the PHCC team to invite them to attend an appointment at one of the ten designated health centers.
The 10 designated PHCC Health Centers are Al Wajbah, Leabaib, Al Ruwais, Umm Salal, Rawdat Al Khail, Al Thumama, Muaither and recently added Al Khor, Qatar University and Al Waab.
The vaccine will be offered more widely throughout year. MOPH is working with the pharmaceutical companies to ensure the next shipment of vaccines arrives in Qatar as early as possible in 2021 and everyone who needs to be vaccinated will be able to do so throughout the year.
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