The United Arab Emirates said that it will offer an additional dose of the Chinese-developed Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine to people who have already received two shots of the jab more than six months ago.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Health announced that booster shots of the Sinopharm jab would be made available on a walk-in basis at more than 100 vaccination centers across the emirate.
Dr. Farida Al Hosani, the official spokesperson for the UAE health sector, said that this falls under the country’s strategy to provide maximum protection to the community.
More than 12.7 million vaccines have been administered to eligible people.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention reported Saturday 1,812 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 567,200.
The new cases were detected through 204,400 additional tests.
Officials said there were five deaths and 1,779 recoveries over the past 24 hours.
To date, approximately 547,000 people have recovered, while the overall death toll stands at 1,673.