Qatar’s vaccination campaign against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has reached a major milestone as more than two million people have been given at least the first jab, according the figures released by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). 

A total of 2,013,080 people in Qatar have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to date stands at 3,708,551. As many as 1,695,471 people have received both doses.

“Play your part in enabling life to return normal by getting vaccinated when it is your turn,” said the Ministry in a Tweet yesterday.  It said 22,960 vaccine doses were administered in past 24 hours.
MoPH said 81 percent of the eligible population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine. 98.6 percent of over 60s (the most vulnerable population group) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; while 93.5 percent have received both doses. 

Among people above the age of 16 years, 81% have received one dose, while 68.6% have received two doses. 

Qatar has issued an emergency use authorisation for the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. The current vaccination rollout includes two doses of either vaccine.

Qatar was one of the first countries to roll out the vaccines. The COVID-19 vaccination campaign was launched on December 23, 2020, after the MoPH approved the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for emergency use. 

With the acceleration of the pace of vaccination programme against the COVID-19, Qatar continues to fight the virus by implementing the largest vaccination campaign in its history for citizens and residents of the country, free of charge.

Qatar ranks among the top ten countries with highest rates of COVID-19 vaccination. It is also among the countries with  the lowest death rates in the world due to the quality and excellence of the healthcare system in the country.

Officials at the Ministry have  said that the decrease in the number of daily cases, as well as the decrease in the number of hospital admissions with infection, is due to the expansion of the vaccination campaign against the virus, and the commitment of community members to the preventive measures and the application of the imposed restrictions.

Officials at the National Strategic Group on COVID-19 have affirmed that there is clear evidence of the effectiveness of vaccines in protecting members of society from developing symptoms of COVID-19.