Shenzhen will begin vaccinating students between the ages of 12 and 17, including foreign nationals and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan compatriots as well as cross-border students, according to a notice released recently by the Shenzhen Command Center for COVID-19 Control and Prevention.
The COVID-19 inoculation campaign for young residents will be conducted in two phases as scheduled.
To be specific, senior students aged between 15 and 17 will be eligible for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Friday and Saturday. They will receive their second dose before Aug. 23.
Those aged between 12 and 14 will be given the first dose from Aug. 21 to 23 and the second dose from Sept. 18 to 19, according to the plan.
This year’s high school graduates older than 17 and primary school graduates younger than 12 will be included in the vaccination plan.
The vaccination will mainly be carried out in groups. The vaccination for this year’s primary and middle school graduates in principle should be arranged by their respective schools. Designated venues will be set up exclusively for studnets’ vaccination.
Foreign, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as well as cross-border students can receive COVID-19 vaccine by personal or group (by schools) appointments.
Residential communities will handle the inoculation of teens aged between 12 and 17 but not attending schools.
Qualified students who are currently not in Shenzhen are encouraged to return for the group vaccination. If not, the students should be vaccinated in time after returning to the city.
Students should report to schools if they have been vaccinated in other cities during the summer vacation while schools should check students’ vaccination status ahead of the new semester this fall, as per the plan.
Vaccination sites across the city will open booking places for children aged between 15 and 17 starting late July. Specific time will be updated based on vaccine supplies while reservations for kids aged between 12 and 14 will be available beginning Sunday.
A number of provinces, regions and municipalities across the country, such as Heilongjiang Province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, have announced that they will phase in COVID-19 vaccination for minors aged between 12 and 17 from July.
Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong Province, will research and draw up vaccination plans for the city’s residents aged 12 to 17, according to a Xinhua News Agency report.