In the light of our wise rulers' keenness and directions to provide all capabilities to maintain the health and wellbeing of every one in our society during the Covid-19 crisis, HH Sheikh Abdullah Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health has instructed that the campaign "Choose to Vaccinate" should be promoted among the elders of the citizens and inhabitants, aiming at communicating with every person of this target group and providing them with the necessary examination and vaccination in the comfort of their homes. This initiative is called "We Reach You, Wherever You Are".

Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre has played a vital role in the course of enforcing the objectives of the rulers of the UAE in general and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular with regard to containing the Covid-19 crisis. The ADPHC, in cooperation with the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office, the Majalis Affairs Office at Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, SEHA, the Family Development Foundation, and Abu Dhabi Media, has launched the initiative "We Reach You, Wherever You Are", in response to the current situation, in order to maintain the health and wellbeing of the elderly, and thus it's planned to target the largest number of people among the said target group over the coming weeks, since they are the group at greatest risk of experiencing serious complications from the virus.

The initiative aims at vaccinating the elderly among both citizens and inhabitants along with raising health awareness about the significance of vaccination for the elderly who haven't received it yet, along with care givers and other relevant groups. This is in addition to raising awareness regarding the continuing efforts to implement the precautionary measures which need to be taken by the care givers of the elderly, especially those who are not qualified to vaccinate.

This shall be done through a joint action plan with companies and public health ambassadors to encourage the elderly to choose to be vaccinated via phone calls and home visits, to facilitate this through booking a home vaccination service, by calling SEHA, toll-free, on 80050 and to spread such information in the media and on social networks.

"We, in ADPHC, work hard to maintain our society's health and safety, and we do so by boosting the health standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We consider helping the elderly to be a national duty that shall be given every single minute of care and appreciation by our wise rulers of the UAE at all times, particularly in light of the current exceptional situation, where all faithful efforts should be combined to protect our society and keep our people safe and healthy", affirmed HE Matar Al Nuaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC).

Hence, ADPHC strives, by means of the said initiative, to ensure provision of the vaccination to all the elderly who qualify for it, along with protection for them against the potential virus complications and saving them the time and effort which would be wasted in travelling to medical centres to be vaccinated, and to further provide an exceptional medical service in appreciation of the elderly, with their safety being among the ADPHC's first priorities, to ensure they are provided with the necessary medical services at their convenience, especially due to the fact that such age group is considered to be one of the top priorities of the wise rulers of our nation.

To that end, a medical personnel, along with skilled public health professionals have been designated to such mission, so as to promote motivational practices to reach the elderly via home-based medical services and to provide them with the necessary vaccinations, ensuring that they receive the necessary medical care in the midst of their beloved ones, complying with all the precautionary and preventative measures adopted in the UAE to confront Covid-19.

Vaccination is safe and has a proven effectiveness, with a high chance of success in preventing infection; and this is exactly the reason behind the targeting of such group in particular, its proven effectiveness in reducing complications and fatalities.

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