UAE offers free COVID19 PCR tests for students back after Summer holidays

Medical facilities in UAE are offering COVID19 PCR tests free or at lower prices as schools are all set to re-open on August 29 2022.

Medical facilities in UAE are offering COVID19 PCR tests free or at lower prices as schools are all set to re-open on August 29 2022.

A new COVID19 update has been made in UAE, including that students must get PCR tests after the summer break. The students aged 12 and above are asked to bring a PCR test report before coming to the school.

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The update states that students above twelve must have a PCR test report while returning to school after a long break.

The update includes that the PCR negative test report must not exceed ninety-six hours from the starting first day after the summer break.

Students above twelve years are obliged to submit their PCR test reports, but Teachers and other staff are also asked to show their negative PCR test report, which is not older than 96 hours from the first day of joining.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority shared this update on COVID19 on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

Other updates during the announcement stated that bus drivers and bus attendants must continue wearing masks and sanitizing their hands while on the job.

In addition, The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority updated that Masks must be worn while inside for all, and remote learning is available for students and staff infected with COVID-19. Students who are not vaccinated for health reasons or exempt from vaccinations can attend classes.

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According to the Knowledge and Development Authority’s last updated guidelines, no testing requirements exist. However, healthcare experts advise parents to exercise caution and that people with Covid-19 symptoms must stay home or get tested.

UAE residents in specific eligible categories can get a PCR test free of charge at any Emirates Health Services (EHS), which are being runned centres across all seven Emirates. Appointments are by booking. Residents can use the Covid-19 EHS app to take appointments and find locations of the centres.

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