The vaccine was approved previously for resident and citizens over 18 years of age
An announcement made by the Ministry of Health and Prevention ( MOHAP )states that the covid-19 vaccine eligibility is being extended to people aged 16 and above. Chinese state-backed pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm is the vaccine offered to residents and citizens in the UAE. The Sinopharm vaccine is available at various vaccination centres and medical practices across the emirates and is completely free of charge.
Dubai residents and citizens can opt for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in addition to the Sinopharm vaccine, though this is being rolled out in phases to people falling into specified categories based on age, nationality, profession and medical vulnerabilities. The Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac announced last September that it would launch trials to test its vaccine in over 500 children ages three to 16 to test both the safety of the vaccine and also examine whether it produces an immune response among the participants.
The statement made by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP ) however did not confirm which of the two covid-19 vaccine would be available for over 16s. The Sinopharm vaccine was approved for nationwide use on December 9. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was first administered in Dubai two weeks later.