Egypt to vaccinate teens at schools against Covid-19: Cabinet spokesman

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Nov 2021

Egypt will vaccinate teens aged between 15 to 18 nationwide starting from Wednesday as the country is expanding its mass vaccination campaign against Covid-19, cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said on Tuesday.

A man receives a dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at one of the youth centres where citizens can get the vaccines without prior registration, in an effort to boost the country s vaccination drive, in Cairo, Egypt, September 27, 2021. REUTERS

In statements to Sada El-Balad TV channel's "News Room" show, Saad stated there are 8 million Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses allocated to students in schools.

Egypt has already received a total of 8,255,520 doses of the American-German vaccine donated by the United States via COVAX initiative. The last shipment was received on Saturday.

"Medical teams are going to be sent to schools to vaccinate teens because it is hard to depend on this age category in going to the vaccination centres," Saad said.

According to the cabinet spokesman, 12 million citizens received two doses while 25 million citizens received one dose so far. He noted that Egypt currently has 34 million doses available to be administered.

The government has set a goal to vaccinate 40 million citizens by the end of 2021.

Egypt administers Sinopharm, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna vaccines in its public vaccination campaign.

The cabinet spokesman reiterated that starting from 1 December, un-vaccinated citizens won't receive any public service.

"They [citizens] must present the vaccination certificate even if they had taken one dose of the vaccine," he added.  

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