– People above 30 now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine
– COVID-19 vaccine also now offered to children age 12-15
– Quarantine exemption for the fully vaccinated extended from 6 to 9 months
Qatar now offers Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to people age 30 years above and children age 12 to 15 years starting 16 May, according to the announcement made by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) last week.
In a statement on Wednesday, the MoPH also announced that the validity of quarantine exemption for all vaccines administered in Qatar will be extended from the previously approved six months to nine months.
Offering the vaccine to 12-15-year-olds in Qatar will help ensure a return to greater normalcy when the school year starts this coming September, the statement notes. Parents will be able to register their children to take the vaccine through the MoPH website from Sunday, 16 May, after which they will be contacted by the Primary Health Care Corporation.
The move to extend the opportunity to children aged from 12-15 years to take the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine comes shortly after Pfizer said its study of the vaccine’s use in participants of this age group found that it was “safe and extremely effective in preventing Covid-19 cases”. Also, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12-15-year-olds in the US.
In addition to this, following a range of global studies looking at the effectiveness of the vaccine, the MoPH has also announced that the validity of quarantine exemption – for all vaccines administered in Qatar – is extended from the previously approved six months to nine months.
The extension means that vaccinated people will have longer to take advantage of the additional privileges announced through the ‘Lifting of Restrictions’ plan published last week.
It also means that fully vaccinated people are exempt from quarantine requirements following travel abroad (except for six specific countries) and following exposure to a COVID-19 positive case for a period of nine months – starting 14 days after receiving the second dose.
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