Parents in Qatar can register their children aged 12 to 15 years to take the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine through the Ministry of Public Health website from 16th May, after which, they will be contacted by the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC).
This initiative in Qatar will help ensure a return to greater normality once the school year begins this September.
Children in the age group 12 to 15 years are to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Qatar, the MoPH announced last week.
The MoPH, in its statement on 12th May said “Extending the opportunity for children aged 12 to 15 years to take the Pfizer vaccine comes shortly after Pfizer said that its study of the vaccine’s use in participants 12 to 15 years old found that it was ‘safe and extremely effective in preventing Covid-19 cases’, and the US Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds in US.”
The Chairman of the National Health Strategic Group on Covid-19 and Head of Infectious Diseases at HMC, Dr, Abdullatif Al Khal said that as we now have a strong scientific evidence indicating that Pfizer vaccine is safe and effective for 12 to 15 year olds, we can ensure that every child in this age group has the opportunity to get vaccinated soon.
“Getting our young people vaccinated will not only protect them against the virus but will give us the opportunity to have less restrictions in schools in the future and may significantly reduce the interruptions to the education system that we have seen at times during the pandemic. It will also allow our younger people to have greater freedoms to socialise and participate in activities going forward,” he further said.