Covid Vaccine Now Available to Senior Students

The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention has announced that the Covid 19 vaccine will now be made available to all individuals aged over 16. Previously the vaccine was only available to adults.
Covid Vaccine Now Available to Senior Students
By Jenny Mollon
Do your children attend a UAE school? Take our survey and help other parents.
WhichSchoolAdvisor's annual school survey.
LET'S GO

As more schools close, and confirmed cases of Covid 19 rise across the UAE, news has arrived which may give hope to staff, students and parents alike.  The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention has announced that the Covid 19 vaccine will now be made available to all individuals aged over 16.  Up until now, the vaccine was only available to adults.

The UAE has approved two vaccines for use, the Pfizer BioNtech and the Chinese made Sinopharm inoculation.  It is not yet clear which of these will be made available to students. The UAE aims to vaccinate more than 50% of the population against the virus by April.

The news is likely to raise the spirits of school leaders, parents and students who have all been hit hard by school closures. Older, more social students have been the most likely to catch the virus, the same age group looking ahead to the crucial exams of summer 2021.  With confirmed cases on the rise in many schools, there has been a rapid increase in the number of schools returning to distance learning in recent days. 

Authorities will be hoping the vaccine represents a way in which UAE schools can escape the case-closure-distance learning cycle. How successful the move is in this regard will depend, at least in part, upon uptake in the crucial age groups. 

What are your thoughts on extending the vaccine eligibility to under 18s? If you are a student, will you take the vaccine?  Join the conversation on our facebook page or by emailing [email protected]

Comments
Latest UAE articles
New Schools

First School for Dubai South to Open Sept 2024

Dubai South has signed an agreemenet with school investor and operator, Bright Capital Inv…

Society

Heavy Rain: Which UAE Schools Have Closed?

With heavy rain in Dubai and the northern emirates on Wednesday, and more falling Thursday…

Society

Schools to Remain Open Despite Rain - KHDA

The KHDA has confirmed via social media that schools will remain open on Thursday despite …

Choosing A School

Are School Based Nurseries the Best Option?

As of 2021, KHDA has eased the path for Dubai schools to open early childhood centres with…

Interviews

Inspiring Women in Education, Diana Zeidan

At WhichSchoolAdvisor.com, we actively seek out those in the education sector driving posi…

University

UK Uni Applications: Major Changes to Format

The UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has announced its plan …

Interviews

Interview: Brian Rogove, CEO, XCL Education

International school groups are growing in size and number worldwide – and among the…

Choosing A School

BSO, KHDA, ADEK Inspections: Why ALL Matter

Trying to choose a school and feeling confused about inspection ratings? With acronyms apl…

0 Schools Selected
keyboard_arrow_down keyboard_arrow_up
Your selection Clear All