UAE health authorities have approved booster shots of Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine. The third shot will be provided to individuals six months after their second dose.
Meanwhile, elderly people and those with chronic diseases will be given priority.
“As part of the UAE’s proactive strategy to provide maximum protection for society, an additional supportive dose of Sinopharm is now available for people who have received the vaccine previously and who have completed more than 6 months since the second dose,” the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) posted on Twitter.
During the briefing, Dr. Farida Al Hosani, UAE health sector’s spokesperson, highlighted the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s recent decision to grant approval for the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 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. Our message to parents is to trust that vaccination will help all of us feel safe & maintain the health and safety of our children,” NCEMA added.