DOHA: The national influenza vaccination campaign will start tomorrow and more than 500,000 people will be vaccinated as part of the campaign, the health authorities have said.
The vaccine is safe for everyone above six months and will be for free all. It will be available at the PHCC health centres and at over 70 private and semi-government facilities in the country.
Last year, more than 200, 000 people were vaccinated and this year the target was increased in view of Covid-19.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Head of Infectious Diseases Dr Abdullatif Al Khal said it was more important to take the flu vaccine now as this year’s campaign comes in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Taking the flu vaccine is more important this year than amid coronavirus pandemic. Both the Covid-19 and flu have the same symptoms and getting co-infected with flu and coronavirus can lead to severe complications,” he said.
Dr Hamad Eid Al-Rumaihi, Director of Health Protection and Control of Communicable Disease MOPH, Dr Soha Albayat Head of the Vaccination Section at MOPH, and Dr Khalid Hamid Elawad, Subject Matter Expert – Public Health, Clinical Affairs at PHCC, also attended the press conference.