Recently, from May 17, 2021, NCEMA (National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority) stated that only vaccinated people were allowed to attend UAE events and exhibitions. The statement was supposed to come into effect on the same day, May 17, 2021. However, now The UAE health sector has updated, – these rules regarding attending live events in the UAE will now take place as of June 6, 2021, in Dubai.
The decision was taken and announced in the regular media briefing by the National Crisis & Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) on Tuesday evening, May 25, 2021.
Events will include exhibitions and live activities related to sports, culture, art, and any social activity. All the attendees and staff taking part in this kind of events must be vaccinated against Covid-19 with the aim to faster stopping the pandemic.
The requirement will be to present a negative PCR test result within a maximum of 48 hours prior to the date of the event. Attendees should also be registered and have an ‘E’ marked on the Al Hosn app, so their vaccination status could be visible, and they can prove it. ‘E’ marked appears only after doing a PCR test.
Vaccinated tourists visiting Dubai can provide the same means of proof via the Al Hosn app. In order to register, they must enter the unified number (UID) listed on their visit visa. Alternatively, they can use another means of electronic vaccination certificate to enter bars and live events.
Visitors have to receive both doses at least 28 days prior to the date of the event. After that, one has to conduct a PCR test, and with a negative result, the ‘E’ will appear on Al Hosn.
UAE’s health sector spokesperson Dr Farida Al Hosani had announced that the booster shot will be given six months after the second dose. The authority also stated that the priority for the booster dose will be for people over the age of 60 or those with comorbidities as these categories are the most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.
The people eligible for the booster dose will be determined based on an evaluation by a medical team. The evaluation will be done based on an appointment system. The booster dose is expected to further strengthen UAE’s immunization efforts, especially in light of new virus mutations rising across the world.
With the rise of new mutants of the COVID-19 virus, it is imperative, the authority added, that people should get themselves evaluated and re-evaluated if symptoms of the infection persist even though the test result is negative for COVID.
The UAE health authority also said that over 78 percent of the eligible population in the UAE have been vaccinated. Out of which, 84.59 percent are of the elderly and a risk group (over 60).
The UAE officially became the first country globally in the number of vaccination doses administered per 100 people in the total population.
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