Covid-19 vaccination extended to 16 year olds

Online Desk |  6 months ago | local

All teenagers aged 16 and over should now be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Schools, colleges, vaccination centres and others are now required to start vaccinating teenagers aged 16 and 17 with the Sinovac vaccine, the first to be approved for this age group.

Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Professor Amon Murwira, in his capacity as Acting Minister of Health and Child Care, said specialist paediatricians, on the basis of the best available data, had now recommended that 16 and 17-year olds should now be vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine, one of the vaccines already approved by the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) for adults.

Globally and nationally, public health discussions have been ongoing regarding extending vaccination to children and other special groups such as pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

Based on the available scientific data in line with the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe guidance, the specialist paediatricians have recommended the vaccination of the 16 to 17 years age group with the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine.

The protocol for the younger age groups is still under consideration.

All the provinces, secondary schools, colleges, universities and vaccination centres are hereby required to commence the vaccination campaign of this age group with immediate effect, said Prof Murwira.