Coronavirus: Gems says UAE pupils aged 12 and over have access to vaccine

Appointments to get the shot can be made through schools

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 16, 2021.  Pupils return to school on Sunday at British School Al Khubairat.  Pupils listen to an awareness video on Covid-19 in class.
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Reporter:  Haneen Dajani
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One of the UAE's leading school operators announced on Wednesday that Covid-19 vaccines are available for pupils aged between 12 and 15.

Gems Education said appointments to get inoculated can be made through the schools.

The announcement was made on the education company's social media channels.

"We're proud to announce that our students aged 12+ now have access to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine," Gems said.

"We choose to vaccinate for the health and safety of our students, their families, our staff and for the country."

The National reported during the week that schools in the UAE were planning for the imminent launch of a vaccination campaign aimed at pupils aged between 12 and 15.

It follows last week's approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children in that age group in the UAE on an emergency basis.

Headteachers believe the move will reassure parents who are concerned about sending their children to school.

UAE authorities on Tuesday urged parents to ensure eligible children are vaccinated against Covid-19.

In the weekly coronavirus briefing, Dr Farida Al Hosani, spokeswoman for the state health sector, said the decision to approve the vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15 was important.

"Expanding coverage allows us to provide vaccines to the biggest proportion of the population in order to reach herd immunity. It is important as children go back to schools," said Dr Al Hosani.

“To parents, rest assured this vaccine will help us all feel safe and protect the health of children.

“It will reduce burden on parents who have children learning online.”

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