DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates said vaccinations against COVID-19 will be mandatory for people attending all “live events” from June 6, as the country pushes a vaccination campaign which has consistently been one of the fastest in the world.
The policy applies to all sports, cultural, social, arts exhibition, activities and events, a spokeswoman for the ministry of health said late on Tuesday. Attendees must also present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at least 48 hours before the event.
Trade and tourism hub Dubai, one of the UAE’s seven emirates, last week said COVID-19 vaccinations were required to participate in and attend concerts, sports events, bars, entertainment activities, and for weddings up to 100 people.
The UAE said more than 78.11% of the eligible population over 16 years old had now been vaccinated, and 84.59% of people aged 60 and over, without specifying if this meant two doses or one dose.
(Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Stephen Coates)