Preventative measures

How you can stop the spread of COVID-19


The Government of Qatar calls upon all members of society to take care and apply simple, preventive measures to protect against infection. This includes:

  • Washing your hands often or using hand sanitizers.
  • Keeping a distance of at least two metres from people who have symptoms of illness.
  • Avoiding physical contact, including shaking hands.
  • Using your sleeve to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing or use tissue paper and dispose of it appropriately.
  • Wearing a face mask in public.

COVID-19 vaccine

What is the COVID-19 vaccine and what is it used for?+

The COVID-19 vaccine is used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The vaccine works by triggering the body’s natural production of antibodies and stimulates immune cells to protect against COVID-19 disease.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be safe to take? +

Yes. The vaccine has followed a strict testing and approval process. All steps that are normally followed in developing new vaccines have been taken but at an accelerated pace, thanks to the advanced technology and upfront investments being made by governments.

It is important to note that the whole world has been committed to finding a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine and never has so much effort and resources been put into the development of a vaccine.

How is the COVID-19 vaccine given? +

The COVID-19 vaccine will be given as an injection into the arm. The vaccination series is two doses given three weeks (21 days) apart.

If you receive one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should receive a second dose of the same vaccine three weeks later to complete the vaccination series.

Is there a possibility that the COVID-19 vaccine will give me COVID-19? +

No. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine does not contain SARS-CoV-2 and cannot give you COVID-19.

Will the COVID-19 vaccines be available for everyone in Qatar? +

Qatar aims to procure sufficient quantities of the COVID-19 vaccines to vaccinate every citizen and resident in the country who is eligible. However, because limited quantities of the vaccine will be available initially, certain population groups who are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 complications will therefore be given priority to ensure early access to the vaccines.

Vaccines will be prioritised for three key population groups: elderly people, people with severe chronic conditions and key healthcare workers with repeated exposure to COVID-19.

Will the COVID-19 vaccines be free for citizens and residents of Qatar? +

Yes. Qatar will provide the COVID-19 vaccines to citizens and residents free of charge.

Do I need the COVID-19 vaccine if I have already had the virus? +

Yes. COVID-19 is still a relatively new and unknown virus and while research to date indicates that people who have been infected with COVID-19 build up a natural immunity, it is unclear how long this immunity lasts for and how effective it is.

Is the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine available for children? +

No. The Ministry of Public Health’s Pharmacy and Drug Control Department has currently approved its use only for people aged 16 years and older as vaccine trials have focused on safety and efficacy for adults.

Can people with allergies take the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine? +

People with a significant history of allergic reactions will not be given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Anyone with an allergy should discuss this with the doctor before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

How can I make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine? +

If you are eligible to receive the vaccine at this stage, you will be contacted by the health authorities for an appointment.

Initially, COVID-19 vaccination appointments will only available for people from the three key population groups: elderly people, people with severe chronic conditions and key healthcare workers with repeated exposure to COVID-19.

The appointment process for the rest of the population will be announced as and when more quantities of the vaccine arrive in Qatar in 2021.

What should I mention to my vaccination provider before I get the COVID-19 vaccine? +

Please tell the vaccination provider about all medical conditions, including if you:

  • have any allergies
  • have a fever
  • have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding
  • have received another COVID-19 vaccine

Will life return to normal once the COVID-19 vaccines are available in Qatar?+

2020 has been a difficult year for people around the world and COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of daily life. The arrival and widespread uptake of the approved COVID-19 vaccines among Qatar’s population will hopefully enable us to return to our pre-COVID-19 lifestyles.

Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine?+

If you have any questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, please call the 16000 helpline for support.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine visit the Ministry of Public Health’s website.

Four-phase easing of restrictions

How will Qatar lift restrictions?

Qatar has implemented a four-phase plan in which coronavirus restrictions will be lifted.

When will the different phases begin?

Phase 1 – 15 June

Phase 2 – 1 July

Phase 3 – 28 July

Phase 4 – 1 September

Please note that Phase 4 has been divided into two parts, with the second part having commenced on 15 September. 

Phase 1 How will restrictions be lifted?+

 

 

 

Phase 2 How will restrictions be lifted?+

Phase 3 How will restrictions be lifted?+

Phase 4 Part 1 How will restrictions be lifted?+

Phase 4 Part 2 How will restrictions be lifted?+

Personal responsibility

Is it mandatory to install the Ehteraz app?+

It has been mandatory to install and activate the Ehteraz app when leaving the house for all citizens and residents in Qatar since 22 May.

To download the application, please follow the below links:

App Store
Google Play

What should I do to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?+

Apply the preventive measures recommended by the Ministry of Public Health to protect against infection and to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visit their website and social accounts to receive the latest updates.

Should I stay away from elderly people?+

The elderly are the most vulnerable to COVID-19 and have been advised to avoid going out unless absolutely necessary. People should still visit elderly people if necessary, but exercise caution and follow proper hygiene principles.

When should I start practicing home quarantine? What does home quarantine mean?+

Home quarantine should take place following official medical advice. Home quarantine simply means remaining at home and avoiding contact with others.

Are Qatar’s medical facilities equipped to handle the increase in patients?+

As a proactive measure, medical facilities have been prepared in different regions throughout the country to provide medical and nursing services for mild and moderate cases. These facilities have increased Qatar’s capacity by 18,000 beds.

Are there volunteer opportunities to assist with the Coronavirus response in Qatar?+

Yes, the Ministry of Public Health is seeking volunteers to support Qatar’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Over 35,000 volunteers have offered their services to the Ministry of Public Health, Qatar Charity and Qatar Red Crescent. The Ministry of Public Health is now working with the relevant parties to deploy volunteers based on need and expertise. Prospective volunteers can learn more here.

Workplace safety

In light of the outbreak of COVID-19, who is required to work remotely?+

No more than 80% of public and private sector employees will be allowed in the office at any given time. Vulnerable and at-risk employees should be allowed to work remotely during this period.

Those employed in the following sectors and workplaces are excluded from the decision:

  1. Military
  2. Security sector
  3. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions
  4. Health sector
  5. Oil and gas sector
  6. Employees of government agencies whose nature of their work requires their presence, according to what is decided by the head of the relevant authority
  7. Workers in major state projects

Are there COVID-19 awareness programmes taking place for workers and in workers’ housing?+

Yes, a specialised task force has been formed to conduct inspections of workplaces and educate workers on preventive measures against COVID-19. The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs distributed multilingual awareness films in addition to health bags that include sterilisers, medical masks and detailed instructions.

What precautionary measures can be taken to protect the workplace from the spread of COVID-19?+

Employers have an important role to play in protecting workers from COVID-19 and keeping them healthy and safe. Actions that employers can take include:

  • Adapting workplaces to ensure social distances can be maintained
  • Raising awareness of the recommended measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by providing educational materials that are readily available in the languages spoken by employees
  • Cleaning and sterilising workplaces daily
  • Distributing masks, hand sanitisers, tissues and other PPE
  • Advising employees on proper handwashing
  • Training staff on how to apply preventive measures at work and at home to decrease their susceptibility to the virus
  • Ensuring employees are tested, where appropriate

Will those without a health card receive treatment?+

A health card is not required in order to be tested or receive treatment. All guest workers will receive treatment for free.