Since 16 May 2021, children in Qatar aged 12 and above have been eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Children aged from 12 to 15 years in the country are offered the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
In a video message posted on the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) official social media handles, Dr. Soha Al Bayat, Head of Vaccination at the MoPH said that over 55 percent of children aged 12 to 15 years are now vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I would like to inform parents that up to now more than 55 percent of the age group 12 to 15 years has received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. It's a good percentage but we need more.”
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Dr. Soha Al-Bayat
Head of Vaccination Department at
MoPH and Leader of the COVID-19
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Dr. Al Bayat added: "I urged all parents who have not vaccinated their children to do so to ensure their wellbeing and good health."
On the blended learning system in schools, she said, "the 50 percent attendance assures that there would be no crowding in the classes as well as all classes were set up to have a minimum space of 1.5 metres between each student."
4,413,329 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the vaccination program, with 94.2% of the eligible population (12 years and over) now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Source: Ministry of Public Health
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