Iraq, Kurdistan offer Pfizer vaccine to children aged 12 years and above

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Region’s health ministry said on Monday it recommended the use of Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 years and older.

“We have decided to make Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine available for those aged 12 years and older,” the Kurdish health ministry said in a statement.

The ministry’s decision came just an hour after the Iraqi health ministry announced the use of the vaccine for children within the same age range.

Priority will be given to high-risk groups within the age range, according to the ministries.

The two ministries’ decision was an effort to further contain coronavirus spread in the country.

Since the start of the pandemic, Iraq has recorded a total of 2,056,401 cases and 23,196 deaths, including 362,251 infections from the Kurdistan Region.

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