Pupils in the UAE who are over 16 years old are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to be allowed back to school
3 August 2021| Last updated on 3 August 2021
In the UAE’s continued fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education has announced that students aged 16 and above must be vaccinated to return to school starting the 2021-2022 academic year.
Health authorities have urged pupils eligible for the jab to get vaccinated as soon as possible, so students won't face delays in resuming in-person classes.
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Students who are based in Dubai will not be affected by the new rule, as the city has its own separate education and Covid crisis authorities.
On Sunday, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) approved the use of the Sinopharm vaccine for kids aged 3 to 17, on a voluntary basis.
The decision comes after "clinical trials and extensive evaluations" in Abu Dhabi involving 900 children aged 3 to 17, at the consent of their parents and guardians.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently available for children who are 12 years old and above.