COVID-19: UAE considering movement restrictions against non-vaccinated individuals

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Authorities in the UAE are planning strict measures against those who have not taken the COVID-19 vaccine, despite being eligible to do so.

During the latest government media briefing, a spokesperson of the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) said they are considering the possibility of imposing movement restrictions on non-vaccinated individuals.

Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri said such people could also face restrictions in accessing some services or entering certain places.

He called on citizens and residents above the age of 16 to visit the nearest vaccination centre to get the jabs.

More than 65 per cent of people in the UAE have received the COVID-19 vaccine so far, including over 74 per cent of the country's elderly population.

The first dose has been provided to more than 5 million people, while over 3.8 million have been administered the second dose.

The official also revealed that the effectiveness of the vaccine has ranged from very good to excellent.

Meanwhile, vaccinated individuals who got infected with COVID-19 have experienced very mild symptoms with only a small fraction admitted to the hospital.

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