Covid vaccination for kids aged 3-15 not mandatory. The clarification was announced by Mohap on Tuesday.
10 August 2021, 12:00 AM
31 August 2021, 12:00 AM
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) has clarified that Covid vaccination for the age group from 3-15 years is optional, not mandatory.
The ministry had recently announced the approval of the emergency registration of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine for children after conducting extensive clinical trials and evaluations.
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.
Hussain Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for the Public Health Sector, said: "The ministry's approval for the use of the Sinopharm vaccine for children between three and 17 years came after it was proven to be safe, based on the results of the clinical trials, the implementation of all medical protocols in place and according to the highest international standards and practices."
MoHAP has also identified the health centres that will provide the Covid-19 vaccine for children in the 3-17 age group.
The two vaccines are available in 46 health centres covering the Northern Emirates, including 19 in Sharjah, 10 in Fujairah, nine in Ras Al Khaimah, four in Ajman, three in Umm Al Quwain, and one centre in Dubai.
Al Rand urged families and parents to visit the vaccination centres along with their kids to get vaccinated.