UAE schoolkids to be given Covid vaccine
UAE schoolkids to be given Covid vaccine

UAE schools to give pupils above 12 Covid vaccine

UAE schools are planning to vaccinate children between the ages of 12 and 15 using the newly approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

School principals believe it will help reassure parents about sending their pupils to school.

Hundreds of children above 16 years old were given the a Covid-19 vaccine in March and April.

And now schools are turning their attention to vaccinating younger children.

“More than 42,000 pupils are now eligible for inoculation across the Gems Education network, joining the 14,700 Gems teachers and school support staff already vaccinated,” Elmarie Venter, chief operations officer at the private company told The National.

“We are in advanced talks with health authorities and education regulators to help in the roll-out of the vaccine for pupils in our schools over the coming days.

And some schools could even set up in-school vaccination centers while others will book appointments at government sites.

Meanwhile, the UAE recorded its lowest daily number of cases this year with 1,229 new infections.

Live events and bars return to Dubai for vaccinated as city relaxes Covid rules

Dubai has announced a series of updates including a return to live events as the city looks to bounce back after the pandemic.

Bars can officially re-open while indoor events can now operate with up to 1,500 people. Outdoor events, meanwhile, can hold up to 2,500 under the new rules.

Entertainment venues can now operate at 70% of their capacity. And hotels can now run at full capacity.

Alongside that, permits will now be given to live events including concerts and sport across Dubai.

And there’s good news for weddings as maximum capacity has been lifted to 100 people.

All of these new rules, however, are only available for those who have been vaccinated. Spectators, guests, all staff and participants have to prove they’ve had the vaccine via the Dubai Health Authority app.

The news was announced via Twitter by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.

The new rules are being run on a trial basis for a month starting from yesterday.