Vaccination Schedule for Children in Qatar (2024)

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Immunizations protect children from preventable illnesses, and the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) offers several vaccines that are given at an early age. Each vaccine has a specific timing to ensure its effectiveness.

Qatar follows the World Health Organisation’s vaccine schedule and is in accordance with the child’s age. The vaccination schedule for children in Qatar is uniform across the country and in all hospitals and clinics.

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child On Time?

Vaccinations are considered one of the most successful interventions in the field of public health. Vaccinations contribute to strengthening the immune system in the child’s body very effectively and thus provide him with protection from infectious diseases that may lead to serious diseases, results and complications that may amount to disability and death.

The main vaccinations are given at an early age, and the vaccine must be given within a certain period to ensure its effectiveness since each vaccine has a specific time; for example, the measles, rubella and mumps (MMR) vaccine is not usually given before the first year of the child’s life in order to be effective in combating the disease.

Accordingly, the Department of Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control and the expanded immunization program in the State of Qatar have developed an advanced and modern child immunization program.

The National Vaccination Committee is also constantly reviewing and making adjustments to the vaccination schedule in accordance with the trends in disease prevention in the country.

What All Diseases Are Vaccinated For In Qatar

A total of 12 different vaccines (Bacille Calmette-Guerin – BCG, Hepatitis B, Hexavalent, Pentavalent, Hepatitis B, Poliomyelitis and Haemophilus Influenza Type b, Rotavirus, Oral Polio, Pneumococcal, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A, Influenza and Meningococcal) are scheduled for children aged zero to 12 years to protect them against 14 diseases:

  1. Tuberculosis or tuberculosis
  2. Diphtheria
  3. Tetanus
  4. Whooping cough
  5. Paralysis
  6. Haemophilus influenza (hemorrhagic influenza B)
  7. Measles
  8. Mumps
  9. Rubella
  10. Hepatitis B
  11. Hepatitis A
  12. Pneumonia
  13. Rotavirus
  14. Chickenpox

In addition to this list, there is a group of vaccines that are offered optionally. For example, a seasonal influenza vaccine or vaccines that are offered based on the presence of certain conditions, such as vaccines that are given to travellers to some endemic areas around the world.

Vaccination Schedule For Children In Qatar

Following is the vaccination schedule for children in Qatar:

Vaccination Schedule For Children in Qatar
Children’s Immunization Schedule in Qatar

Routinely Recommended Vaccines

  • BCG and HEPATITIS B: Given at birth
  • HEXA1, ROTA1, PCV1: at 2 months
  • HEXA2, ROTA2, PCV2: at 4 months
  • OPV1, Penta, PCV3: at 6 months
  • MMR1, Vericella1: at 12 months
  • OPV2, MMR2, Tetra: at 18 months
  • OPV3, Vericella2, DTaPB: at 4-6 years
  • Tdap: at 13-18 years

Influenza vaccines recommended annually from 6 months and above during flu season, especially for high-risk persons

  • Influenza: at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years, 4-6 years and 13-18 years

Meningococcal vaccines recommended from 2 years for Hajj and Umra ad travellers to endemic areas

  • Meningococcal: 2 years, 4-6 years and 13-18 years

Two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine are recommended for children and adolescents with frequent travel to high-risk countries

  • Hepatitis A: 12 months, 18 months, 2 years, 4-6 years and 13-18 years
  1. MMR : Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  2. HEXA : Hepatitis B, DTaP, Hib, IPV
  3. PENTA : Hepatitis B, DTP, Hib
  4. TETRA : DTaP, Hib
  5. * DTaP alone or Pentaxim or any vaccine containing DTaP may be used at 18 months if Tetra is not available. DTaP/DTP/DT vaccine should not be used above 6 years of age. Use Tdap/Td instead.
  6. ** Tdap (Boostrix brand) can be used if DTaP is not available.

How To Check Immunization Status Online

As a resident of Qatar with Hamad Health Card, you have the option of checking your child’s immunization status online. Here is how you can do that:

  1. Go to the the MyHealth Patient Portal.
  2. Register by entering your Health Card number, QID number etc.
  3. All patients under 18 years-of-age should be registered under their parent’s MyHealth account.
  4. If you already have a MyHealth account and would like to register your children, please follow this link.
  5. Once your account is created you can check your child’s vaccination & immunization records.

Important Information About Vaccination

You should be aware of the exact date of each vaccine in order not to be late for any vaccination. It is important to understand the importance of timely vaccinations to protect your child from life-threatening diseases.

The green card for children’s vaccinations has been laid off, and the Primary Health Care Corporation has issued an improved booklet that includes all the information related to child health. This booklet is available in all health centres, and customers can get it from the health centre where they are registered.

You may view the baby immunization schedule and a list of the immunization centres on the MoPH website.

If you need an immunization certificate for school/college admission, you can get them at the Communicable Disease Control, and Vaccine Surveillance Section counters on the ground floor of the MoPH building.

Qatar has made it mandatory for students seeking school admission to undergo a medical examination at Government Health Center and submit a Fit To Join School certificate.

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  1. My baby is 3 months old born in Qatar and have valid QID, so now I want to send my baby for 5-6 months to india, so can I take vaccinations in india will it be considered or after coming back I need to retake it here in Qatar.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Irshad, You can take the vaccine from any country. You will be never asked to take the same vaccine twice. Just make sure you get the vaccination certificate from India (with the date, vaccine details etc). When you go for the next vaccination in Qatar show the vaccination certificate from India to the PHCC staff and they will add that to the baby’s vaccine record.

  2. Hi
    I’m working in hotel in Qatar. My family also here on visit visa. My baby’ s 15 months old. I want to get vaccine for prevent pneumonia to my baby.He not vaccinated to any vaccine for pneumonia previously.plz let me know about how take vaccine for prevent pneumonia for my 15months old baby.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sihil, Please visit your nearest health center. They will check the vaccination records (if any) and give the necessary vaccines.

  3. Hi DG TEam,
    Shifted my Family in last month in Qatar from India, We took his vaccine up to 12 months in india, Now he’s 14 month old and his next vaccine is scheduled after 16 month. How can we get his required vaccines in Qatar as per Indian vaccine schedule? As per Qatar vaccination schedule few vaccines are different and few are not matching with India.
    Please advise and suggest where we’ll get baby vaccines.

    1. Hi Chetan, There may be some differences in the vaccine schedules of different countries, but it is alright. Visit the nearest health center with the baby’s documents: health card (if available), passport, QID, baby’s vaccine records etc. The hospital staff will know what vaccines are important and will administer them accordingly.

  4. My friend’s 2 months old baby is given tourist visa when they reached Qatar. Even though both parents are RP holders with salary above 10K but under two different work sponsors. Baby is been denied vaccinations due to being tourist. How to proceed with vaccinations.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Aadya, Try to complete the QID process quickly. Meanwhile you can try another health center or private clinics for vaccination.

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