Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has lowered the age limit for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to 65. Until the announcement was made, the age threshold was 70 for the first phase of the campaign launched on December 23, 2020, and scheduled to continue until January 31 of this year.

According to the agency, during this phase there are three priority groups eligible for vaccines: People aged 65 and over, people with serious chronic diseases, and health workers with repeated exposure to COVID-19. These individuals will be contacted directly by Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) by SMS or phone call to set up an appointment.

All community members who do not belong to the priority groups have been asked to wait until it is their turn. The ministry confirmed that it is working with pharmaceutical companies to ensure that the next shipment of the vaccine reaches the country “as soon as possible in 2021.” “All those who need to be vaccinated will be able to do so throughout the year,” concluded MoPH.