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UAE Lowers Age Requirement for COVID-19 Vaccines to 16

UAE Lowers Age Requirement for COVID-19 Vaccines to 16

Sunday, 17 January, 2021 - 16:30
A UAE citizen receives the COVID-19 vaccination. The Government of Dubai Media Office

The United Arab Emirates has lowered the minimum age requirement to receive a COVID-19 vaccination to 16, from 18 previously, the ministry of health said on Sunday.


The UAE is offering all residents and citizens free of charge a vaccine manufactured by Chinese state-backed pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm.


Dubai alone is offering citizens and residents the choice of either the Sinopharm or the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.


The statement carried by the country's National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority did not specify which vaccine the new minimum age applied to.


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