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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Tuesday that expanding the scope of vaccination to include 12-15 age group would open the door for vaccinating a large number of citizens and residents in the country.
During the weekly briefing on virus situation in the UAE the NCEMA said that vaccinating this group will help vaccinate the largest segment of society, thus contributing to reaching acquired immunity.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention has approved emergency use of the COVID-19 (Pfizer-Biontech) vaccine for the age group between 12 and 15.
“Despite the low number of positive cases among children, vaccination is very important due to the return of students to schools next year,” official said during the briefing.
“Our message to parents is to trust that vaccination will help all of us feel safe & maintain the health & safety of our children.”
“Child vaccination is a fundamental issue, as it will relieve the burden on parents whose children are still pursuing remote learning,” official said.
“Therefore, we call upon parents to take the initiative to vaccinate their children, in order to ensure their health and safety.”
This was based on the results of clinical studies, the strict evaluation for emergency use permit, and the local evaluation in accordance with approved regulations.
“This is an important step for national efforts to combat the COVID-19 virus to protect this age group, confirming the UAE's proactive approach and attention to the health and safety of all members of society,” official said.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said that as part of the expansion women who are breastfeeding as well as those who are planning to conceive can take the mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech).
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has begun a Sinopharm immune bridge study for children aged 3-17. Study will monitor the immune response to the vaccine in 900 children aged 3-17, of different nationalities and with parental consent.
Abdulrahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, says country is approaching 7 million vaccines in more than 205 medical centres in different regions of the country.
A third wave of coronavirus infections is likely to hit India by October, and although it will be better controlled than the latest outbreak the pandemic will remain a public health threat for at least another year, according to a poll of medical experts.
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