UAE Approves Covid-19 Vaccine for Children Between 12 to 15 Years Old
UAE officials granted an emergency approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine to be administered to children aged 12 to 15.
13 May 2021
Schools across the country will begin voluntary vaccine drives for students.
Following months of successful clinical trials and assessments, UAE officials approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15.
Previously, the minimum age to receive vaccinations against Coronavirus was 16.
The emergency approval was granted on Thursday in support of the nationwide efforts to reduce the spread of the virus and safeguard younger children.
Since the beginning of May 2021, more than 11 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been given to Emiratis and expats, with the aim to fully vaccinate all those eligible by the end of the year.
After the announcement, UAE schools have begun plans to launch vaccination campaigns for pupils who are eligible for the jab.
According to The National, the drives may differ depending on the school. Some may look to set up their own vaccination centre on school campus, while others may book appointments on behalf of students at government sites.
Researchers for the Pfizer-BioNTech shot recently concluded that the vaccine is safe for teenagers between 12 and 15 years old, after successful clinical trials.
Studies on the vaccine's safety, effectiveness, and response on children aged six months to 11 years old began in March this year. Results are yet to be revealed.