Morocco starts COVID-19 vaccination for teenagers aged 12-17

A medical worker administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a recipient in Rabat, Morocco, on August 31, 2021./Chadi/Xinhua
A medical worker administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a recipient in Rabat, Morocco, on Aug. 31, 2021, Chadi/Xinhua

Moroccan teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years old are now able to receive COVID-19 shots.

The Moroccan COVID-19 Scientific Committee will use Chinese Sinopharm and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for this campaign, as the two vaccines demonstrated effectiveness in this age group, a joint statement by the ministries of health and education said.

The vaccination operation is voluntary and parents must agree to have their children vaccinated.

There are more than 3 million teenagers in this age group in Morocco, and 445 vaccination centers are opened as of Tuesday in schools across the country.

Morocco is successfully conducting the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 with more than 51 percent of its population over 12 years old fully vaccinated.