Covid vaccine in UAE: I got the sting in Dubai, and a new life – News

Khaleej Times reporter takes a stab to end the pandemic year with a smile, welcome 2021 with hope.

Today, December 14, will forever be etched in my memory as a special day, as it marks a new beginning. Today is the day I received the Covid-19 vaccine, which was launched through UAE.

China’s Sinopharm vaccine provided by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) is available at the rural hospital in Dubai Parks and Resorts.

I arrived at the site at 7 a.m. – two hours before the scheduled opening time – and my car was the first in a row of vehicles with residents wishing to crash into Covid-19.

During the two-hour wait, I saw people smiling with hope. This was their shot at overcoming the pandemic that caused 1.61 million lives worldwide (as of December 14; latest updates here)

A road leading to Dubai Parks and Regions Field Hospitals near Jebel Ali saw a huge line of vehicles on December 12. Photo by Saman Haziq

15-minute process

The whole process took about 15 minutes. The battlefield hospital was huge, but security guards stood at every point to guide us through the process:

>> The hospital opened right at 9am and I was introduced. At the gate, a security guard asked me to take out my emirate ID. I then received a token.

>> Reception asked to see my sign and Emirates ID, and he entered my details into his computer. I was glad and thanked him and his colleagues for helping us make the sting.

>> He then asked me to e-sign a form on a tab. I then got a wristband that had my personal details.

>> I then went to the clinic. A nurse checked my blood pressure, pulse, weight and height, and asked me some questions about my health condition, allergies and whether I had any illnesses.

>> I then signed a consent form that had all the relevant information in Arabic and English.

>> After this, I met the doctor who explained everything about the vaccine. She smiled at all my questions.

>> I thanked the doctor and went to a third room to get the Covid-19 vaccine from a nurse. The doctor asked me how I was feeling, and I replied, “I am so happy. It’s been a very long year, but it will end with a fresh start. She smiled and said in Arabic, ‘Alhamdulillah’, which means ‘All praise to God’.

>> “I finally got the vaccine,” I told myself as I went to a fourth room. Another nurse checked my pulse and blood pressure for the last time. I was told I need to wait five minutes and can leave if all goes well.

UAE takes care of everyone

While I was waiting, I posted a photo of myself taking the vaccine shot so my friends could see how great the UAE is. This country takes care of all its inhabitants.

Where I am from or what I make a living from, my skin color, religion … none of that matters.

Emigrants from all over the world were in the hospital and all received the sting for free. They gladly finished 2020 and welcomed 2021 with a smile.

Next dose

I will get the second dose of the vaccine in 21 days and I hope to forget the word ‘coronavirus’ later.

I asked the nurse if I could remove my armband. He said yes, but I kept it. I will carefully keep it as a keepsake for the rest of my life.

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