Health Ministry plans to begin vaccinating ages 12 and up next week

The Health Ministry plans to begin vaccinating teenagers next week, adding those aged 12-15 to the 16-and-overs already eligible for shots.

The ministry says dangers from COVID-19 are higher than any potential danger from the vaccine and that inflammation of the heart muscle seen in some 16- to 19-year-olds was very rare and usually passed without complications.

An Iraqi nurse prepares a shot of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, May 4, 2021 (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
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