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Coronavirus: UAE authorities urge young people to get vaccinated

UAE authorities have urged the youth to get vaccinated against Covid-19 to help break the chain of infection.

The UAE’s National Youth Strategy defines youth as those between 15 and 35 years.

Those aged 16 years and above are eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in the Emirates.

“We call on our youth to get vaccinated, which will have a positive effect on society by breaking the chain of infection, and maintaining UAE’s achievements in combating Covid-19,” Saeed Al Nazari, director-general of the Federal Youth Authority, said on Tuesday at the weekly Covid-19 media briefing.

“Abiding by the rules is an individual responsibility and a national obligation to keep communities safe.”

Last year, more than 50,000 young people volunteered at hospitals, test centres, quarantine facilities and ports to serve the country, Mr Al Nazari said.

He urged young people to adopt habits that promote mental health.

“Allocate some time daily to communicate with family, organise tasks and priorities and communicate with psychologists,” he said.

During the pandemic, the Federal Youth Authority tied up with 190 government and private entities to launch more than 500 remote activities and events for younger people. More than 30,000 men and women benefited from these programmes and acquired new skills.

After more than one year since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, the UAE is cautiously returning to normality.

Authorities on Tuesday said 118,805 vaccine doses were given in the UAE over the past 24 hours, to reach 9.15 million doses in total. This represents a rate of 92.58 doses per 100 people.

The UAE recorded 2,022 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the overall tally to 487,697.

Another 1,731 people beat the virus and the total recoveries reached 471,906.

Four more died from complications, bringing the death toll to 1,537. Active cases stood at 14,254.

Updated: April 13, 2021 10:42 PM

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