HE Minister of Public Health Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari has praised the great efforts made by Qatar to expand the national vaccination programme against the coronavirus (Covid-19).

HE Minister of Public Health Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari
HE the Minister of Public Health also announced that a second drive-through vaccination centre will be opened Sunday in Al Wakra, following the success of Qatar's first Covid-19 Drive-Through Vaccination Centre in Lusail.
She said the drive-through vaccination centre in Al Wakra would further strengthen the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme and boost access to vaccines for people living in Al Wakra and the surrounding areas.
*Qatar now administering more than 130,000 vaccine doses a week
*Al Wakra Centre to operate like Lusail Centre for giving second dose
*PHCC will notify people where their second dose will be given
*2nd dose after 21 days of first dose for Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna
"Since opening at the end of February, the Lusail Covid-19 Drive-Through Vaccination Centre has provided a convenient way for tens of thousands of people to receive their second dose and has been an important part of our strategy to expand the vaccination programme," said HE the minister.
"Due to the recent availability of larger quantities of vaccines, we have been able to significantly increase the pace of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme and we are now administering more than 130,000 vaccine doses a week in more than 35 vaccination sites across Qatar. The opening of a second drive-through centre in Al Wakra will enable us to continue to expand the vaccination programme and support our efforts to protect Qatar's population from the threat of Covid-19," added the minister.

"The Al Wakra Covid-19 Drive-Through Vaccination Centre will operate in the same manner as the Lusail Centre, with both facilities catering for people receiving their second dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine," said Dr Abdullatif al- Khal, Chair of the National Health Strategic Group on Covid-19 and Head of Infectious Diseases at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC).
The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) will notify eligible people if their second dose will be administered at one of the drive-through centres, a primary health centre or the Qatar National Convention Center. People do not need a time-specific appointment to attend the drive-through centres, they can attend at any time during operational hours on the due day of their second dose.
Dr al-Khal stressed that people should not visit the drive-through centres before the due day of their second dose. "Our vaccination teams will not administer the second dose earlier than the due date as this could negatively impact the effectiveness of the vaccine. Individuals who have received the Pfizer vaccine should attend for their second dose 21 days after the first dose, and for those receiving the Moderna vaccine the second dose is given 28 days after the first dose," he explained.
The Al Wakra Drive-Through Centre is located behind Al Janoub Stadium and is operational from 11am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Last entrance to the Center is 9pm daily.