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Gaza vaccine drive targets students ages 16-18

A Palestinian secondary student takes a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine, in Taffuh village, west the West Bank town of Hebron, on September 1, 2021 on the first day of the new school year. (HAZEM BADER / AFP)
A Palestinian secondary student takes a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine, in Taffuh village, west the West Bank town of Hebron, on September 1, 2021 on the first day of the new school year. (HAZEM BADER / AFP)

Palestinian health authorities are launching a vaccination drive for students in the Gaza Strip ages 16-18 as the territory contends with a third wave of coronavirus infections.

Health officials begin giving the Pfizer vaccine in Gaza Strip schools and aim to inoculate more than 100,000 students in the coming weeks. Palestinian officials in the West Bank began a similar drive on Tuesday.

The Gaza Health Ministry reported six deaths and more than 1,400 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest number since a new wave of infections began in August.

Less than half the population of the West Bank has received a first vaccine dose, and around 15% of Gaza’s population has gotten a first shot.

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