* Total recoveries from Covid-19 increase to 240,971
* MoPH reports 157 new cases
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced that more than 100,000 Covid-19 booster vaccines have been administered in the country. A total of 105,792 Covid-19 vaccine booster doses have been given in the country till date, the MoPH said on Tuesday. The ministry informed that 4,979,699 Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, with 8,222 doses given in the past 24 hours.
With this, 85.3% of the total population are now fully vaccinated with two doses. Anyone who had their second Covid-19 vaccine dose more than six months ago is eligible for the booster dose. "Clinical evidence shows that the protective immunity from the first two vaccine doses begins to decline after six months," the MoPH said in a post on social media. "Booster vaccines increase immunity and provide long-term protection."
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) is directly contacting eligible people to fix an appointment for their Covid-19 booster vaccine. "If you are eligible and have not yet been contacted, call the PHCC hotline on 4027 7077," the MoPH added.
Meanwhile, the MoPH yesterday reported 157 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country -- 134 among the community and 23 among travellers. It also recorded 125 recoveries from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries in Qatar to 240,971, Qatar News Agency said.
The fourth phase of the gradual lifting of precautionary restrictions began on October 3 and is part of a four-stage plan to gradually lift the precautionary restrictions imposed in Qatar due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the MoPH said in a statement. It is important during the current period that all members of society, including those who have received the vaccination, continue to wear masks as recommended and continue to adhere to social distancing, it stressed.
"With Covid-19 still a threat to our health here in Qatar, it is important for everyone to play their role in controlling the virus by following these precautionary measures: adherence to physical distancing; avoiding close contact with others, crowded places and confined closed spaces where people congregate; wearing a face mask; and washing hands regularly," the statement advised. "People should take the Covid-19 vaccine at the earliest opportunity when their turn comes."
Anyone suffering from Covid-19 symptoms should contact the 16000 helpline immediately. This is important as the earlier the disease is detected, the easier it will be to receive the right treatment and recover from it. One can visit the MoPH website for regular updates and new information.