The first phase of the Pfizer-BioNTech campaign will target certain high priority groups who are Emirati citizens and Dubai residents. These high priority groups are defined as: people above the age of 60, those with certain chronic high risk conditions, people of determination, and frontline workers (such as healthcare professionals).
Are Teachers Eligible? Anyone who is a teacher above the age of 60 or with a chronic high-risk condition would be eligible for the vaccine at this time. Unfortunately, if you do not meet these criteria, then you cannot get the vaccine in Dubai at this time. The first phases of the campaign only include healthcare workers and those in vital sectors such as ambulance and police workers. Eventually, the vaccine will become available to all individuals above the age of 18 who wish to take it.
Can my kids get the vaccine? No, not yet. Clinical trials are still ongoing to establish safety and efficacy in the pediatric population. At this time the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is only approved in Dubai for people 18 years of age and older and in the US for people 16 years of age and older.
What if I am pregnant or breastfeeding? If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, discuss your options with your doctor as clinical trials for these special groups are still ongoing.
What if I don’t fit the above criteria but still want to get the vaccine? Don’t worry, the vaccine will eventually be made available to all individuals who wish to receive it. At this time the campaign is prioritizing the high risk groups who are more likely to get exposed to the virus and/or are more susceptible to serious complications and even death if they get infected.