Thursday, 29 April 2021

Visit visa holders in UAE not eligible for Covid-19 vaccine

Did you happen to see the fake WhatsApp message about Covid vaccine going viral in the UAE which reads: "In RAK govt facility, Covid va...

Covid 19 vaccine taking in syringe in the hands of a nurse

Did you happen to see the fake WhatsApp message about Covid vaccine going viral in the UAE which reads: "In RAK govt facility, Covid vaccine is being given to visit visa holders as well. Just carry passport and the visa paper…No prior registration needed."

The message shows the website link of the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap), which assumes perhaps some credibility by the people reading it. But the above message is fake, since many people visited the RAK Healthcare facility and returned back by security guards stating that facility donot provide Covid vaccination for visit visa holders. 

Khaleej times also shared the story of Manmohan Singh and his wife Satinder Kaur who are in Dubai on Visit visa. These couple are aged above 70 and suffers from chronic diseases and upon receiving the viral WhatsApp message, they had done the hour-long trip to the RAK Healthcare Centre from Dubai.

When they arrived at the health centre, they were stopped by a security guard, whose first question was: “Are you on a visit visa? We are not giving any Covid vaccinations to visit visa holders. The WhatsApp message is fake. Several people have been coming to the centre.”

The website of Mohap also clearly states that the vaccine is currently open only to UAE citizens and resident expatriates.

The people expressed hope that the UAE government would open up vaccination for visit visa holders soon.

Mohap UAE advises that People with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular diseases, & women during pregnancy or breastfeeding; are advised to consult a doctor to ensure that fasting is safe in their cases.

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