Help safeguard our community by getting vaccinated
Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available for UAE citizens and residents who
- are 50 years or older
- are people of determination
- have chronic conditions.
Vaccinations are available from 8:30am – 7:30pm, Sunday - Thursday at several Mubadala Health locations. (Please check the exact timings mentioned against the locations below). Where indicated, the service is offered on a walk-in basis, while for other locations, please email for appointments.
Vaccination timings at ICLDC branches is from 7:00am to 7:00pm
Kindly note that some centres below require prior appointment for vaccination. To find out more and to book an appointment please email email@example.com including your insurance details and your job title:
What is the COVID-19 vaccine?
The inactivated SARS-Covid-2 virus vaccine is an inactive biotechnology product that aims to provide immunity against COVID-19. This vaccine was used in the United Arab Emirates in the study of the third phase of clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine, and later the vaccine obtained a permit for emergency use. Currently, the official registration of the vaccine has been made by the Ministry of Health and Prevention.
What kind of vaccine is available?
The vaccine currently available in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is the inactivated SARS-Covid-2 virus vaccine from the Beijing Institute of Biological Products, developed by Sinopharm CNBD.
Who can get vaccinated?
The vaccine can be given to people from the age of 16 upwards. However, according to the latest directive from the Abu Dhabi government, the vaccine is now currently being administered only to people of determination, people with chronic diseases and individuals aged 50 years and above (UAE nationals and expatriate residents)
How many doses of the vaccine should be taken?
Two doses with an interval of three to eight weeks between the two doses.
Is vaccination compulsory?
No, the vaccination is optional.
Is vaccination free?
Yes. All health services related to vaccination are free of charge for citizens and residents of the United Arab Emirates.
Where is the vaccination service provided besides Mubadala Health facilities?
Citizens and residents of Abu Dhabi can get their free COVID-19 vaccination at various locations in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Please click on the link for the list of centres where you can get vaccinated: https://doh.gov.ae/covid-19/national-vaccination
How long does the immunity developed from the Sinopharm vaccine last?
As yet, there is not enough information regarding the length of time the acquired immunity lasts for until now.
What are the medical reasons for individuals to be excluded from taking the COVID-19 vaccine? (the contraindication of the vaccine)
- Participants in the clinical study of trials of phase III vaccination.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women and women planning a pregnancy.
- Those with specific conditions (this will be evaluated by the medical team).
- People who are hypersensitive or have severe allergic reaction to any of the components of the vaccine
What are the benefits of vaccinations in general?
- Vaccinations protect children and adults from infection by certain infectious diseases and dangerous complications associated with them, and thus lead to a healthy society free from these infectious diseases and epidemics.
- Vaccines achieve their purpose by protecting individuals and communities. Vaccinations are considered one of the best and most successful medical interventions.
- Achieving the indicators of the national preventive programs for disease eradication and elimination, as certain diseases can be prevented through vaccinations given in accordance with global strategies and best practices.
- Developing the health system and the quality of life of community members.
I may not be available to take the second dose, can the appointment be changed to another day?
It is necessary to keep the appointment for the second dose and stick to it, to ensure the required level of immunity is attained and the person derives the maximum benefit from the vaccine. We recommend that you take the second dose in the same center where the first dose was taken.
Is it possible to take another dose of the vaccine from another manufacturer?
The two doses of the vaccine must be taken from the same manufacturer, to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine
Is it safe to take more than one type of COVID-19 vaccine?
No, it is not safe to take different types of COVID-19 vaccine.
Is vaccination safe for the elderly and people with chronic diseases?
Yes, vaccination is safe for the elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases, and it is recommended that these groups be given priority because they are among the groups most vulnerable to complications when contracting COVID-19. The medical team will evaluate the person's condition in case there is something that prevents getting the vaccine.
Is vaccination safe for people who take prescribed medicines?
This will be evaluated by the medical team. You must inform the team of all medications you are taking and if you have allergies of any kind.
Does the vaccine protect against infection with COVID-19 virus?
- The COVID-19 vaccine helps reduce the possibility of infection and transmitting it to others, and when the vaccine is taken by many people in the community, the possibility of the infection spreading is reduced.
- It takes the body a few weeks after taking the second dose to develop immunity to the COVID-19 virus.
- Some people may be exposed to COVID-19 virus before benefiting from the vaccine, and some people may also be exposed to COVID-19 virus even after taking the vaccine and developing immunity, but they are likely to have symptoms that are not severe.
What are the results of the study of the third phase of clinical trials of the COVID-19 Sinopharm vaccine in the UAE?
The preliminary results of the third phase trials indicated that the vaccine was effective at a level of 86% against infection with the COVID-19 virus, while a rate of 99% of the seroconversion of antibodies was recorded, and 100% of the rate of protection against moderate or severe cases of the disease. The data also showed no safety concerns about the vaccine.
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
- The vaccine is like any medicine that can cause minor side effects. The possibility of severe side effects is rare. Some minor side effects may occur after the vaccination, and they may include:
- Pain, redness, stiffness and itching at the site of the vaccination.
- High temperature, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea.
- Cough and sensitivity
- Muscle and joint pain
- Mild symptoms usually go away without the need for treatment, but if moderate or severe symptoms appear, you should go to a healthcare provider to receive the necessary treatment.
What will happen if I experience any side effects after getting the vaccine?
You can call 02 449 3333 (select option number 3) to report side effects (in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi), and you can also go to the nearest health facility if necessary.
What do I do after getting vaccinated?
After taking the first dose, be sure to keep the appointment for the second dose, it is necessary to have two doses of the vaccine to ensure optimum effectiveness. Also, it is necessary to continue to follow all precautionary measures to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Can I stop following all the precautions for COVID-19?
No, you cannot stop taking preventive measures intended to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Can I get vaccinated if I am sick?
It is best to wait until you recover to get the vaccine, but you should try to get it as soon as possible.
Can I transmit the COVID-19 virus to anyone after receiving the vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccination is an important measure in ending the epidemic, yet combining vaccination with following all precautionary measures to limit the spread of infection provides the best protection from the COVID-19 virus.
I have had the flu shot, should I have the COVID-19 vaccine as well?
The flu vaccine does not protect against the COVID-19 virus, both vaccines are important, but the two vaccines must be taken separately, at least two weeks apart.
What is the time difference between taking a dose of the COVID-19 virus vaccine and any other vaccine?
The minimum period of time between a dose of the COVID-19 virus vaccine and any other vaccine dose is from 2-4 weeks, depending on the type of vaccine.
What happens to those people who have been vaccinated and then have contact with a positive case? Are they quarantined or exempted from quarantine?
They are dealt with according to the laws, procedures and regulations followed by the official authorities regarding contact follow-up.
If a person who has received the vaccination gets infected with COVID-19, how will he be treated? Is isolation followed as per the normal procedure?
All infections are dealt with according to the laws, procedures and regulations followed by the official authorities with regard to investigations, follow-up and isolation.
Is there a requirement for cases recovered from previous infection with COVID-19 to be vaccinated? Or are they excluded from vaccination?
- If the previous infection was minor or without symptoms, the vaccine can be given immediately. In the event that the infection was moderate or severe and required admission to hospital, an immunization test will be done first, and then the vaccination will be given according to findings and evaluation of healthcare providers, and will not depend on the period of time after recovery.