UAE on Tuesday approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sputnik COVID-19 booster shots.
The decision was based on updated studies and recommendations an official said.
The groups that should take the booster dose are senior citizens; residents above 60 years; people with chronic diseases; individuals at risk of complications from 50 to 59 years old, and people receiving long-term health care aged 18 years and above.
However, this protocol does not apply to groups who have been fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine.
Authorities emphasised that the booster should help improve immunity as vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 decreases over time.
The official said that individuals eligible for the booster shot are recommended to take their dose on time.