UAE approves Sinopharm vaccine booster shot

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The UAE has approved booster shots of Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine.

The additional jab will be provided to individuals six months after their second dose.

Priority will be given to elderly people and those with chronic diseases.

The announcement was made during the latest government media briefing.

During the briefing, the UAE health sector's spokesperson, Dr. Farida Al Hosani highlighted the Ministry of Health and Prevention's recent decision to grant approval for the emergency use of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15.

She called on parents to get their kids vaccinated and emphasised the approval was based on the results of clinical studies and the strict evaluation of all other aspects.

More than 73.8 per cent of UAE's eligible groups have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far, including more than 80 per cent of those aged above 60 years.

Dr. Al Hosani also stressed the importance of vitamins D and C as well as zinc, as they help the body in fighting infections, including the prevention of COVID-19.

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