How To Get COVID Vaccine in Qatar (August 2021)

Qatar is among the first countries in the world to provide a safe, effective and approved COVID-19 vaccine totally free for its population, as the largest ever vaccination campaign was launched across the country on 23 December 2020. 

As of 24 August 2021, Qatar has reached a significant milestone in its National COVID-19 Vaccination Program with two million people being fully vaccinated. Qatar is ranked second in the world for the percentage of the population that have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, among countries with a population of more than one million. 

92.8% of the eligible population (12 years and over) have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. While 81.6 % of the eligible population have received two doses of the vaccine. 

To streamline the vaccination campaign, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) launched an online registration process that will allow citizens and residents to register their desire to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

This article explains how citizens and residents can get COVID vaccine in Qatar and the step-by-step instructions on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccination online.

How To Get COVID Vaccine in Qatar

Currently, vaccines are being given to people on the priority categories list based on age, health risk, profession etc. As of August 2021, anyone above the age of 12 can now register to get COVID vaccine in Qatar.

How To Register For COVID Vaccination in Qatar

Option 1: How To Register For COVID Vaccine Through MOPH Website

To register for the COVID-19 vaccination in Qatar, you will need to log in using your National Authentication System (NAS) Tawtheeq username and password.

If this is the first time you are using Qatar Portal, you need to create a new Tawtheeq account. Here is the detailed guide on how to create a Tawtheeq account:

If you already have an account, you can directly proceed as below:

Step 1: Go to the COVID-19 Vaccine Registration page on MOPH website

How to get COVID vaccine in Qatar - Registration Website

Step 2: Click on “Proceed to Sign in page”

This will take you to the Tawtheeq (NAS) Portal login page.

How to register for COVID-19 vaccination in Qatar - Login Page

Step 3: Enter your Tawtheeq Username and Password

You have to enter the Tawtheeq username and password. The username is usually the Qatar ID number. Then you would be taken to the vaccine registration page.

How to register for COVID-19 vaccination in Qatar - Registration Page

Step 4: Fill up all your details

Some of the information will be preloaded from your Tawtheeq (NAS) account. To edit the details displayed in the profile, the user shall log in to the Tawtheeq account and do the required update first.

You have to select the occupation and enter the employer name as well as Hamad Health Card number if available.

Step 5: Click on the interest button

Click on the button that says “Click here if you are interested in taking the COVID-19 vaccine”. You would be taken to the next page with some questions.

You will be asked if you have had any severe allergic reactions, if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, if you are currently in isolation because you tested positive for COVID-19, and if you have received plasma treatment for COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

NOTE: If you undergo a COVID-19 test, you must wait at home while taking all receive your result and make sure it is negative before receiving the vaccine.

How to register for COVID-19 vaccination in Qatar - Questions Page

Step 6: Answer the questions and click on “Submit Answers”

You would be asked to select if you fall under any priority group.

Register For COVID 19 Vaccination in Qatar Screen 5

Step 7: Select the priority group (if applicable)

Click on “Continue your Registration for COVID-19 Vaccine”.

Step 8: Receive confirmation message

  • If you are included in the current priority group you will be able to choose your preferred health center, date, and time for the COVID-19 vaccination. The health center for vaccination is not guaranteed unless you have received confirmation in your email. You will also get a Request Number after the registration process.
  • If you don’t belong to the current priority group, the Ministry of Public Health will record your interest to take the vaccine, and you will be contacted when you are eligible. In this case, you will see a pop-up saying your registration has been successful.
COVID Vaccine Successful Registration

Option 2: How To Register For COVID-19 Vaccine Using Nar’aakom Mobile App

In June 2021, the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has launched a new service to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments online through its bilingual mobile app, Nar’aakom.

To book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, patients can download, register and login to the Nar’aakom app, click on E-Services, choose ‘Request COVID-19 Vaccine’’ and enter their QID.

Book COVID-19 Vaccine Using Nar’aakom Mobile App

The patient will then receive an OTP for verification, followed by a clinical questionnaire. This will lead to the booking form with an auto-selected box picking up the patient’s previously assigned Health Center.

A patient can select from three preferred dates and timings for the appointment and will then receive a confirmation SMS with a reference number. The Health Center reception staff will review and validate the request submitted and then call the patient to confirm the date and time for the appointment.

Once confirmed, they then book and confirm the appointment through the system and the patient receives a confirmation SMS for the appointment. Patients who fail to respond after three unanswered calls from the reception staff of their local Health Center will be put on ‘pending’ status.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children in Qatar

The Ministry of Public Health has announced that children aged 12 to 15 years can now be registered to take the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine through the Ministry of Public Health website.

Parents are able to register their children to take the vaccine through the Ministry website, after which they will be contacted by the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC).

26 AUGUST 2021 UPDATE: The Ministry of Public Health has urged parents to get their children, aged 12 years and above, vaccinated as schools prepare to begin a new academic year.

How to register children for COVID-19 vaccine in Qatar

  • Go to the MoPH website: https://app-covid19.moph.gov.qa/en/instructions.html
  • Click on “To register for a vaccine appointment for your 12-18 yo child”.
  • Enter your child’s QID number. Click on “Verify”
  • Enter the OTP you received on the mobile number. Click on “Submit OTP”.
  • You will be asked some questions and based on your answers you will be either given the option to select the appointment slot or asked to contact your physician.

According to the MoPH, there are certain situations in which precaution should be taken before taking the vaccine. In these cases, you should discuss with your healthcare provider to understand if and when you should take the vaccine.

Alternatively, can also call 16000 to register your child for the COVID-19 vaccine.


6 APRIL 2021 UPDATE: Health card no longer required for vaccine

MOPH has announced that temporarily you are no longer required to provide a health card in order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

When attending your vaccination appointment, ensure that you have a valid Qatar ID and that your Ehteraz status is green. It is, however, still recommended that you register for a health card as it will allow you to access governmental healthcare facilities.


24 AUGUST 2021 UPDATE

Qatar to administer third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for specific category

Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health has approved a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines – Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna – to individuals suffering from certain immunodeficiency diseases. The Ministry identified that the groups eligible to receive the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as follows:

  • Individuals who are currently receiving cancer treatments to treat tumours or leukaemia.
  • Individuals who have had an organ transplant and are using drugs that suppress the immune system.
  • Individuals who have had a stem cell transplant within the past two years, or are using immunosuppressive drugs.
  • Individuals with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (eg, DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
  • Individuals with advanced or untreated human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
  • Individuals currently receiving treatment with high doses of corticosteroids or other medications that may suppress the immune response such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers, and other immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory biological agents.
  • Individuals with chronic conditions such as asplenia and chronic kidney disease.

MoPH has started contacting people suffering from immunodeficiency diseases for taking third shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.


COVID-19 Vaccines Available in Qatar

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for emergency use by the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Control in the Ministry of Public Health.

They were approved after a thorough review of the vaccines and the results of clinical studies conducted on a wide range of volunteers. Their review showed that the vaccines are safe and effective in accordance with international standards.

In December 2020, MoPh started to administer the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines to the general public. The Moderna vaccines are being administered from 22 February 2021.

Below is a comparison of the two vaccines (source: MoPH)

Pfizer and Moderna Vaccine Differences

Quarantine Exemption for Vaccinated People

Fully vaccinated people are now exempt from quarantine requirements after travelling abroad and following exposure to a COVID-19 positive case, MoPH has said. However, this exemption is not applicable to travellers coming from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

14 days must have passed after receiving the second dose and a negative PCR test is required on return to Qatar following travel or following exposure.


Where To Get COVID Vaccine in Qatar

The COVID-19 vaccine is offered at all 27 Primary Health Care Centers in Qatar. The vaccine is offered by invitation only according to the phased vaccination plan. The targeted groups will receive an SMS invitation to come to their health centre on a specified date and time.

  • Currently, the following groups are gradually being invited for COVID-19 vaccinations:
  • People aged 12 years of age and above regardless of their health conditions
  • People with moderate chronic medical conditions
  • Healthcare professionals and other key workers in different ministries and industries, including teachers and school administration staff.

2 JULY 2021 UPDATE: Lusail COVID-19 Drive-Through Centre, Al Wakra COVID-19 Drive-Through Centre, and QNCC Vaccination Centre has been closed.

Qatar Vaccination Center for Business and Industry Sector

Located near Asian Town in Mesaimeer, Qatar Vaccination Center for Business and Industry Sector is one of the largest vaccination centres in the world. The new Center which opened in June 2021, is dedicated to vaccinating key business and industry workers.

Covering more than 300,000 square meters, it has more than 300 vaccination stations and 700 staff providing the capacity to administer more than 25,000 doses a day.

Vaccination Center At Industrial Area

On 12 April 2021, a new COVID-19 vaccination centre has been opened in Industrial Area, at the previous Medical Commission facility.

The vaccination centre will open six days a week from 7 am to 7 pm and operate on a strictly invite-only basis. The centre will administer first and second dose vaccinations in line with the national priority groups. Individuals should bring their QID, health card or passport with them and must show their green Ehteraz status.

How To Get Vaccination Certificate

The health ministry has a weblink offering vaccine certificates that are accessible for people who have taken their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are the steps to download your vaccination certificate:

How To Get COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate in Qatar

NOTE: In order to receive your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, you must have taken a full course of the vaccine as per the correct protocol and 7 days must have passed after the second dose.

Feedback About Vaccine Side Effects

21 March 2021 Update: The Ministry has added a COVID-19 vaccination feedback page on the vaccine microsite. The Ministry has urged the public to record their symptoms after vaccination and submit the feedback for both doses separately.

PHCC Hotline Number for COVID-19 Vaccine

PHCC has activated a dedicated hotline number 4027 7077 to enable priority groups to book, cancel or schedule pre-booked vaccination appointments. The dedicated line is currently available from 7 am to 11 pm.

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FAQ on COVID-19 Vaccination in Qatar


Is COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for all in Qatar?

No, the COVID-19 vaccination is not compulsory for all. However, the Ministry of Public Health is encouraging everyone to take the vaccine.

Is COVID-19 vaccination free for all in Qatar?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccination is free for all citizens and residents in Qatar.

How can I get COVID vaccine in Qatar?

Those who are above the age of 12 can register their details on the MOPH website and they will receive an invitation message with appointment date and time.

Which COVID-19 vaccine is approved in Qatar?

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for emergency use by the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Control in the Ministry of Public Health.

Should I take the vaccine if I have been previously infected with COVID-19?

Available data suggest that previously infected individuals can be at risk of reinfection of COVID-19 and should benefit from vaccination.

Can children receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

Currently, children above 12 are given Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Qatar. Children under 12 are not eligible. The minimum age for the Moderna vaccine is 18 years.


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  1. Erasmo r buenaventura

    I waiting so manytime for my reschedule of my vaccination till now please help me. I am 56 yrs old. Thanks

  2. Criza joy Serafico

    Hi good evening can i ask about the vaccine because i got first dose may 5 and i have schedule second dose may 26 but i test positive may 19.. And until now i didnt get second dose what should I do..?

  3. melanie aquino

    Hi im 44 yrs old, already registered successfully for covid 19 vaccination online 3 months ago but have’nt received any sms or call. i called the vaccine hotline but they told me that i need to have a health card to have an appointment schedule. but as per you information here, dated 06 april 2021 that MOPH announce that health card is no longer required for vaccine. i have valid qid & green ehteraz. please confirm and clarify this matter.. thanks you!

  4. Lila Dhar Gnawali

    I am above 37years of age and I did online registration 3months ago in February for Covid 19 Vaccination but have not received any sms or call to attend it. Whenever I try to register again a pop up shows I am already registered and should wait for their call. Please how I get appointment for vaccine

  5. Hi,
    I am above 50 years of age and I did online registration long ago in January for Covid 19 Vaccination but have not received any sms or call to attend it. Whenever I try to register again a pop up shows I am already registered and should wait for their call.

  6. shayamalee samanthika pannilage don

    Hi, My Mom is under Visit visa and 55+. already registered for the vaccine programme and have not received appointment yet. what is the procedure to get her vaccine? Please assist me.

  7. Have a nice day,
    I tried many times applying online to renew my hamad health card but always unsuccessful. Is it required to pay by credit card only? I’m using my debit card.
    Thank you so much and I’m thankful to hear your reply.
    Imelda

  8. Hi,
    I have Registered for Covid vaccine through online in the middle of February. I have got a reply saying that my registration is incomplete and asking me to complete. But i am not able to edit or make any change in it. it shows a pop up saying that i have already registered and wait for their call.
    They have not explained what was incomplete in my registration also. i have called their no. they are not even to trace my registration. also i have not received any appointment yet…more than a month!!!

  9. Era Valente Padilla

    Good day,
    I have registered for vaccination. I have already Health Card No. HC03157508 i applied online. Where can i get my Health Card as it required during vaccination. Is there an option to pay online and delivered to my house.

    Thank you.

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