Due to the comprehensive measures put in place by Qatar’s government, Qatar has recorded one of the lowest COVID-19 mortality rates in the world. Yet despite this, the virus has negatively impacted the lives of almost everyone in the country. Elderly relatives have been more isolated from their families; children’s education has been disrupted; large-scale events such as weddings, and sports and entertainment events have been postponed; and many expatriate residents have been unable to return to their home countries to see family and friends.
The approval of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, with widespread uptake throughout the population, has enabled Qatar to control the pandemic and to lift most COVID-19 restrictions. This has allowed the return of most activities, while maintaining precautionary measures which aim to protect the population from the virus.
So far, over 85% of the population has now received both the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) started administering booster doses for all individuals after six months from receiving their second COVID-19 vaccine dose.
It is clear from the latest clinical evidence that for most people the protective immunity obtained from the first two doses of the vaccine gradually begins to decline after six months. The booster dose will give longer-term protection against all variants of COVID-19. The MOPH strongly encourages everyone to take the booster dose as soon as they are eligible to continue to protect themselves from the risk of infection.