UAE: Covid Vaccination for kids aged 3-15 not mandatory

Mohap- the Ministry of Health and Prevention has clarified that Covid vaccination for the age group from 3-15 years is optional, not mandatory.

The ministry on Tuesday further noted that the vaccine approved for children aged three to 11 years is Sinopharm, while children aged 12 to 15 years can take either Sinopharm or Pfizer-BioNTech.

“The Synopharm vaccine has been proven to be safe, and based on the results of the clinical trials, the ministry approved the use of this vaccine for children between three and 17 years,” said Hussain Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for the Public Health Sector, and Chairman of the National Committee for the Implementation of the Provisions of International Health Regulations and Prevention of Pandemics.

Vaccines for the three to 17 age group are available in 46 health centers, including 19 in Sharjah, 10 in Fujairah, nine in Ras Al Khaimah, four in Ajman, three in Umm Al Quwain, and one in Dubai.

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While vaccine manufacturing countries such as China, the USA, and Britain have begun conducting a study on the efficacy of the vaccine for this age group, UAE is the first Middle Eastern country to conduct such a study. The UAE aims to get 100 percent of the target groups vaccinated by the end of 2021.

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