HE Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, Tuesday visited the new Qatar Vaccination Centre – for Business and Industry Sector as it began operations.
The new facility, one of the largest vaccination centres in the world, is located near Asian Town in Mesaimeer. It is the result of a collaboration between the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) and Qatar Charity (QC), with support from the Ministry of Interior and ConocoPhillips Qatar.
The facility is one of multiple vaccination centres that have been established to ensure the Qatar’s vaccination program is delivered at speed.
“The opening of this new vaccination centre highlights Qatar’s commitment to continuing the fast rollout of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, which has seen a noticeable increase in the number of vaccinated people,” said HE the Minister.
“At the start of the year, we announced a phased plan to deliver the vaccination programme and committed to vaccinate all eligible members of the population throughout 2021. Thanks to the hard work of healthcare staff and the overwhelming support of the public, we are now ahead of where we planned to be in terms of vaccination coverage. However, we remain committed to vaccinating as many eligible members of our community as possible and I encourage anyone who is offered an appointment to accept it without delay and get protected,” she added.
Dr Khalid Abdulnoor, senior consultant - Emergency Medicine at HMC and lead for the Qatar Vaccination Centre – for Business and Industry Sector, said: “The new centre is dedicated to vaccinating key business and industry workers, which plays an important role in supporting the safe rollout of Qatar’s phased plan to lift Covid-19 restrictions. Covering more than 300,000sqm, this is probably the largest vaccination centre in the world, with more than 300 vaccination stations and 700 staff providing capacity to administer more than 25,000 doses a day.”
“To date, more than 300,000 key business and industry workers have already been vaccinated as part of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, with many of these receiving their vaccination at the Vaccination Centre - Industrial Area, which opened at the start of April,” explained Dr Abdulnoor.
He said the Covid-19 Vaccination Scheduling Unit is set up to support the booking and appointment process at the new vaccination centre. Businesses can schedule vaccination appointments for their staff by emailing [email protected]
With the opening of the new Qatar Vaccination Centre – for Business and Industry Sector significantly boosting capacity of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, the two drive-through vaccination centres and the vaccination centre at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) will close over the next two weeks, it was announced yesterday.
More than 320,000 people have visited the drive-through centres for their second dose vaccines, but with summer temperatures continuing to rise, conditions have become very challenging for staff and service users.
The last day of operation will be today for the Lusail Covid-19 drive-through vaccination centre, June 30 for the Al Wakra drive-through facility and June 29 for the vaccination centre at QNCC.
Dr Mariam Abdulmalik, managing director of PHCC, said: “The vaccination centre at the Qatar National Convention Centre was initially set up to prioritise the vaccination of teachers and school staff. Since opening in February, more than 600,000 people – teachers, school staff and many other eligible members of the community - have been vaccinated at the centre.”
“With the new Qatar Vaccination Centre – for Business and Industry Sector providing capacity for more than 25,000 doses a day, and continuing capacity for 15,000 doses a day across our 27 health centres, the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme maintains capacity for up to 40,000 doses a day,” explained Dr Abdulmalik.
Dr Abdullatif al-Khal, chair of the National Health Strategic Group on Covid-19 and head of Infectious Diseases at HMC, encouraged anyone not yet vaccinated to play their part in getting back towards normality by accepting their vaccine appointment invitation when eligible. “The efficacy of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines is exceptional – beyond what we could realistically have hoped for this time last year. Real-world clinical evidence shows the vaccines to be more than 95% effective at preventing severe sickness due to Covid-19. For the small minority of people who have been offered a vaccination appointment, but not yet accepted the offer, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible. It is important that you protect yourself; protect your loved ones; and help us get back to normal.”