Morocco has begun on Tuesday vaccinating teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years old against COVID-19.

The Moroccan COVID-19 Scientific Committee has adopted 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.

A medical worker administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a recipient in Rabat, Morocco, on Aug. 31, 2021. Morocco begun on Tuesday vaccinating teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years old against COVID-19. Image: Xinhua

The vaccination operation is voluntary and subject to the agreement of parents, it said.

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.

A medical worker administers the COVID-19 vaccine to a recipient in Rabat, Morocco, on Aug. 31, 2021. Morocco begun on Tuesday vaccinating teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years old against COVID-19. Image: Xinhua

The North African country launched a nationwide vaccination campaign on Jan. 28 after the arrival of the first shipment of China’s Sinopharm vaccine.

XINHUA | RABAT

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