Qatar targets 80% of community vaccinated by October, but for now 'avoid travel,' says medical official

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Qatar is likely to hit up to 80% vaccination rate by October as mentioned by Dr. Yousef Al Maslamani, medical director of Hamad General Hospital in an interview with Qatar Television on 14 June 2021.

“Some people do not want to be vaccinated, it's their right but we must reach a 70-80% vaccination rate to protect the society," said the chief official adding that this percentage is likely to be achieved in the winter season.

Dr. Al Maslamani has affirmed that the percentage of vaccinated people contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) is almost zero as compared to the unvaccinated people. This means the risk of transmission of infection from a vaccinated individual is relatively small.

“Despite that, we conduct PCR tests for vaccinated people after their return from travel, and if their results are positive, they are subject to the same quarantine conditions as those who are not vaccinated,” he told Qatar TV.

Dr. Al Maslamani also advised people to avoid travel currently and if they do, he suggested they go to an epidemiologically stable country.

“Traveling to epidemiologically unstable countries may cause many problems as the person may get exposed to the virus,” he continued.

The Medical Official expressed his satisfaction with the current vaccination rollout in Qatar. He said the  Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has established many vaccination centres outside health centers, which has led to acceleration in the vaccination rate in the country. 

So far, 55 percent of the eligible population has received two doses of the vaccine, which is a great progress in a short span of time.