Weekly PCR Tests Mandatory for Students – UAE Heath Ministry
Unvaccinated students aged 12 and above will be required to undergo weekly PCR testing for the new academic year according to a health sector’s spokesperson. Children under the age of 12 and vaccinated pupils aged 12 and above will still need to take PCR tests, but on a monthly basis.
The rules are thought to be for Abu Dhabi students only.
Dr. Farida Al Hosani, the official spokesperson for the Health Sector and Executive Director Communicable Diseases, ADPHC, made the announcement during a media briefing held on Sunday. The new rules will be applied 30 days from the first day of school, in order to give unvaccinated students an opportunity to get vaccinated. Until the protocols come into effect, pupils will have to get tested every two weeks.
Those who have been excused from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine must present official documentation of the exemption. Parents have been advised to download the Al Hosn app for their children in order to present proof of vaccination and PCR testing.
Dr. Farida clarified that distance learning will still be made available to both vaccinated and unvaccinated students.
According to the new protocols, a social distance of one meter will be mandatory for all educational facilities to follow. Students must have their own protective gear and equipment and sharing is strictly prohibited. Pupils are also advised to avoid shaking hands when greeting classmates.
Dr. Farida Al Hosani also revealed that 86 per cent of the UAE’s academic staff have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and 84 per cent of school administrative staff.