DOHA: Minister of Public Health H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari has stressed Qatar continues the implementation of the Covid-19 vaccination programme as planned.
In her remarks during the inauguration of a new Covid-19 drive-through vaccination centre in Lusail on Monday, the Minister said the centre will provide another option for the population to get their vaccines in their cars and boost the ability to protect the population.
She noted that the drive-through PCR testing centres were proving very popular.
The centre is part of Qatar’s strategy to upscale its national Covid-19 vaccination programme. operated by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in collaboration with Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC).
Tthe centre will provide a significant boost to the vaccination programme and administration of second doses to eligible people.
Dr Abdullatif Al Khal, who is the chair of the National Health Strategic Group on Covid-19 and Head of Infectious Diseases at HMC, said the new drive-through vaccination centre has been designed to provide a convenient way for people to receive their vaccinations.
He added the vaccines are administered in a discreet manner within a dedicated vaccination lane which cars can drive through, while the vaccine recipients remain in the comfort of their own vehicle.
He noted the centre will boost the vaccination programme and enable the vaccination of a greater number of people.
Visitors to the centre will undergo a pre-vaccination assessment and be asked to wait in their vehicle in a designated observation area after receiving the vaccine to ensure they do not have a reaction to the vaccine.
Paramedic teams will be on site in the unlikely event that anyone has a reaction requiring emergency medical support.
PHCC Managing Director Dr Mariam Abdulmalik said the centre does not operate with an appointment system, but eligible people are required to attend on the set date of their second dose.
“People do not need an appointment to attend the drive-through centre, they can simply visit on the day of their scheduled second dose, 21 days after their first dose, and they will be seen on a first-come-first-seen basis,” she said.
She added: “Our PHCC teams will schedule eligible people for their second dose at the Covid-19 drive-through vaccination centre at the time of their first dose appointment at one of our primary health centres.” –