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Updated 27 September 2021

The COVID-19 vaccination program is currently in full swing across the UAE with Pfizer, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Sputnik V vaccines. With over 78 per cent of residents fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, health authorities are now ramping up the nationwide immunisation drive by making the vaccines available to children.

The UAE Health Ministry has recently approved the Sinopharm vaccine for children aged 3-17. The Health Ministry had already approved Pfizer for children aged 12-15 years. Keep reading to know all about getting your child vaccinated in the UAE. 

Vaccines available for children in the UAE right now

While AstraZeneca, Moderna and Sputnik are available only for Emirati citizens aged 18 and above, only Sinopharm and Pfizer/BioNTech are available for children as of now. 


On August 2, the UAE Ministry of Health approved using the Sinopharm vaccine against COVID-19 for children in the 3-17 years age group in UAE.

It is not the first COVID-19 vaccine available to UAE children: The Pfizer vaccine has been available for children aged 12 years or more. But the Sinopharm is the first, and so far only, vaccine for children in the 3-11 year age group.

The UAE’s approval of the vaccine follows a study of its efficacy and safety on 900 children in Abu Dhabi. The UAE is the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to have conducted a study of the vaccine’s effectiveness for this age group. 

The approval also comes ahead of children’s return to school after the summer break. Generally, respiratory viruses spread quickly among school-going children, so the vaccine approval aims to provide an added layer of protection for children and staff return to school premises.


In May 2021, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) approved the emergency local use of Pfizer vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15 following clinical trials and a strict assessment. 

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is administering the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to everyone between the ages of 12-15, while the following groups are on priority:

  • children with chronic diseases 
  • those who live with vulnerable family members
  • those living with members who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical reasons.

Children are exempt from taking the vaccine if they have any of the following conditions:

  • experiencing an active COVID-19 infection 
  • needing specialised treatment for COVID-19
  • experienced severe allergic reaction to any vaccine or vaccine component within four hours of taking it.

Is vaccination mandatory for children?

Like all other COVID-19 vaccines in the UAE, getting children inoculated is voluntary and free of charge.

However, all children aged at least 16 years old will have to be fully vaccinated, i.e., they should have taken both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days before being allowed to enter school premises for in-class learning.

How to register my child for the vaccination?

Residents can book Pfizer slots for their kids with any one of the authorities:

If you wish to get the Sinopharm vaccine, all you have to do is:

  • Ensure that you have the Alhosn app downloaded and your child’s account registered with their Emirates ID.
  • Approach a vaccination center in Abu Dhabi, and be sure to take along your child’s Emirates ID.

Where can you get your child vaccinated?

Abu Dhabi

Here is a list of the centres that currently vaccinate children in Abu Dhabi without prior booking:


Abu Dhabi City

  • Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre 
  • Seha Al Mushrif Children’s Speciality Centre 
  • Al Mushrif Majlis
  • Al Bateen Majlis
  • Al Manhal Majlis

Al Ain

  • Al Kubaisi Hall at Al Ain Exhibition Centre 
  • Seha Al Towayya Children’s Speciality Centre
  • Falaj Hazza Majlis

Al Dhafra

  • Ghayathi Hospital
  • Marfa Hospital
  • Delma Hospital
  • Liwa Hospital
  • Sila Hospital
  • Al Dhafra Family Medicine Centre
  • Al Dhafra Cooperative Society 


In Abu Dhabi, you do not need an appointment for your children for the Pfizer vaccine. Department of Health – Abu Dhabi provides the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children aged 12 years and above at all of Mubadala and SEHA vaccination centres.



  • Latifa Women and Children Hospital
  • Hatta Hospital
  • Al Barsha Primary Healthcare Centre
  • Al Mizhar Primary Healthcare Centre 
  • Zabeel Primary Healthcare Centre
  • Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital 

What are the side effects?

The Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre has reassured that common side-effects of COVID-19 vaccines are “normal signs that your body is building protection” and that these should go away within a day or two. These include:

  • Pain
  • Redness and swelling at the injection site
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pains
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea