Over 75% of eligible population receives at least one dose of vaccine

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Doha: More than 75% of the country’s eligible population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Also 64.2% of the eligible population (16 years and above) has received two doses, according to the Ministry of Public Health, yesterday. 

The Ministry in its daily report said, 22,957 vaccine doses have been administered in 24 hours and 3,249,265 doses have been administered since the start of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Also 97.6% of over 60s (the most vulnerable population group) have been vaccinated with at least one dose; while 92.5% have received both doses.

The Ministry also reported  64 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 among community and 57 among travellers yesterday. Some 189 people have recovered from the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases recovered in Qatar to 220,449.

The Ministry also said that, in recent weeks the combined impact of COVID-19 restrictions and increasing vaccination rates, and the overwhelming support of the community, has resulted in a consistent reduction in the number of new daily infections in the country.

“However, it is still important to be cautious as the second wave is not yet over and there are still two highly contagious and highly virulent strains of the virus that are actively circulating in the community,” said the Ministry.

Phase two of the gradual lifting of restrictions began on June 18 and is part of a four-phase plan to be delivered over the coming months. The plan to gradually lift restrictions will be delivered over 4 phases with each phase lasting 3 weeks. 

“The date of implementation and the duration of each next phase will depend on the epidemic indicators, which depend to a great extent on the degree of compliance of the community members with the current measures, restrictions and guidance by the government,” said the Ministry.

“For now, it is important that people, including those who are vaccinated, continue to wear a mask as advised and maintain social distancing,” it added.

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