Volume 2022 Number 1
  • ISSN: 1999-7086
  • EISSN: 1999-7094


Hamad General Hospital (HGH) Nephrology Department is the main provider for dialysis services in Qatar, serving almost 900 patients. The introduction of the COVID-19 vaccination is a crucial step in protecting End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients who are vulnerable and prone to infections due to their immunocompromised status.1 They are at high risk because they are unable to practice adequate safe physical distancing as the majority of them are dependent on others due to age and the medical condition.

During the first wave of the COVID 19 pandemic, the mortality rate was 20-30% among the dialysis population.2 Several challenges were faced since February 2020 to manage and control COVID-19 infection in dialysis units. Vaccination is the most important preventive measure in facing COVID-19. Hence, a multidisciplinary team was formulated in March 2020 aiming to raise the patients and staff awareness of the importance of COVID-19 vaccination. The assessment of dialysis patients’ knowledge and educational needs was done by conducting multidisciplinary focus group activities, providing educational materials in many languages, education through hospital TV channels, WhatsApp group activities with patient educators, and direct education during physicians’ monthly dialysis assessment. Monitoring the compliance rate was done by monthly data collection and targeting non-compliant groups. After the implementation of COVID-19 immunization strategic plan by the end of June 2021, 75% (666 patients) out of 884 dialysis patients were vaccinated (Figure 1). The current vaccination update for over 16-year-old in Qatar is 62.8% 3. Moreover, COVID-19 positive patients were properly managed since the beginning of 2020 by following Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) guidelines to control the spread among the dialysis population and the successful initiation of COVID-19 vaccination program (Figure 2). Continuous educational activities and awareness campaigns have increased COVID-19 immunization percentage among the dialysis population and probably contributed to saving lives.


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Keyword(s): COVID-19Dialysisfocus groupimmunization and Multidisciplinary
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