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Bahrain allows vaccination for children ages 12-17

Anas YassinUpdated: Wednesday May 19, 2021

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Manama :Adolescents aged 12-17 in Bahrain can soon start getting vaccine for COVID-19 immunization, according to the official news agency BNA.

National Medical Task Force for Combatting the Coronavirus (COVID-19) said on Tuesday that it will vaccinate adolescents with two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The decision by the health ministry’s vaccination committee followed recommendations by the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization and the United States’ Center for Disease Control, BNA added.

A guardian must grant approval and be present during the vaccination, BNA reported.

Parental consent is required for vaccinating children in this age group, and the guardian need to be present for the shot itself.

Registration of vaccination for adolescents on 
healthalert.gov.bh will be announced soon, they said.

Bahrain authorized six types of vaccines, by Sinopharm, Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, AstraZeneca Plc, Johnson & Johnson, and Russia’s Sputnik V and Sputnik-Light.

Bahrain has been providing vaccines free of charge to citizen and residents aged 18 years and above with an option to choose which vaccine they wish to receive.

The health authorities on Tuesday started registration for a booster COVID-19 vaccine dose. It will be administered to the most vulnerable groups in Bahrain, at least 6 months after taking the second dose of the Sinopharm vaccine, for first responders, as well as citizens and residents above the age of 50, and those suffering from obesity, low immunity, or other underlying health conditions. Registration will be available through the Ministry of Health’s website,
healthalert.gov.bh, by clicking on "Register for booster doses" within the registration option, it said.