A top official from the UAE government said that those residents who have received the Covid-19 vaccine during the Phase III trial are not safe from the risk of Covid-19 infection.
Dr. Omar Al Hammadi, the official spokesperson for the UAE government, said that the vaccine was still in the trial period, a “period in which we examine all the conditions and factors surrounding the volunteers and the doses they receive.”
“Contrary to what has been circulating, volunteers who have taken doses of the vaccine need to continue to follow precautionary measures in order to preserve their health and the safety of others,” he added.
He also revealed that from September 30 to October 6, the Ministry of Health and Prevention has conducted additional 720,802 medical examinations wherein they see an increase of 16 percent in the number of new cases as it logged 7,704 cases.
In the same period, it also noted an increase of 23 percent in the number of recoveries.
While the country has entered the flu season in September, the health ministry is urging residents to take the flu jab. However, Al Hammadi said that taking one does not protect them from contracting the deadly Covid-19.
“But it protects against the possibility of contracting the seasonal flu and avoiding unnecessary medical visits. The seasonal flu vaccine is safe and helps stimulate the body’s immunity within two weeks in order to build an effective immune system,” he further added.