UAE vaccine take-up by public ‘higher than expected’

Vaccine take-up in the UAE is higher than initially forecast, adding to hopes that the country could hit a level of herd immunity soon.

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Dr Farida Al Hosani, a federal health spokeswoman, gave her assessment:

“We are seeing good progress on a daily basis,” she told the event, organised by the Atlantic Council think tank.

“We conducted a couple of surveys to see the acceptance of the community and based on this, we rolled out the campaign.

It is estimated that nearly one fifth of the country’s population has received some protection against the virus.

The vaccine is entirely voluntary, but long queues were seen at walk-in vaccine centres, while there are waiting lists of several weeks for advance appointments.