UAE approves Covid vaccine for 12-15 age group

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Sarah Peddie

The UAE has approved emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12-15 years-old. 

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has now approved this under the National Covid-19 Vaccination Plan.

The results from clinical trials and strict assessments were conducted which led to the vaccine being approved for emergency local use.

This approval will support the country’s efforts to try and curb the Covid-19 pandemic and protect the 12-15 age group. 

MoHAP, the Department of Health-Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre and the Dubai Health Authority had launched a free nationwide vaccination programme to everyone living in the UAE to tackle the spread of the virus.

In the US, the vaccine was declared safe for use in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 after it was proved 100 per cent effective on the age group.

Back in January, the UAE approved that residents from 16 and above could go and get the vaccine - beforehand, anyone aged under 18 were not allowed the jab.

The UAE have now given out over 11 million doses of the vaccine.


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The country has a target of everyone who is eligible to get the vaccine will have had it by the end of 2021. 

Around 72 per cent of the residents that were eligible have been vaccinated since the free vaccination plan started last year.

So far, the UAE have reported 524,000 cases of Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and recorded over 1,600 deaths.

Last week, we told of how The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the airline Emirates have started to implement digital verification for coronavirus medical records.

The full digital verification will access medical records in regards to testing and vaccinations for travellers in the UAE. 

It means that travellers who have taken a PCR test in Dubai can choose to check in without having to present the physical test report. 

Customers who have been given a Covid-19 vaccination at a DHA health centre can then get it synced up with testing documents when checking in before a flight.

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