The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will temporarily restrict vaccination to residents and citizens who are elderly or who have certain health conditions, Emirati state media said on Sunday.
The temporary policy change was made following a spike in infections over the past weeks “to ensure acquired community immunity and contain the disease”, state news agency WAM said, quoting the health ministry. For the next four to six weeks authorities will try to vaccinate as many elderly people and people with certain diseases as possible. Some other appointments will also be available for other population segments, it added. The move came as daily infections tripled in around six weeks to hit a record 3,977 on Feb. 3 in the UAE.