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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee for the COVID-19 pandemic has approved compulsory free PCR testing every two weeks for all private sector employees working in vital sectors and service industries.
The measure aims to enhance precautionary measures as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health.
The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DOH) invites all eligible members of the population to book vaccination appointments, starting from Sunday, 21 March, in line with the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP)’s vaccine rollout plan
Those eligible include UAE citizens and residents aged 16 and above, who can receive a free COVID-19 vaccination in more than 100 locations across Abu Dhabi emirate. Booking is required for those choosing to vaccinate, apart from those in vulnerable groups.
The past six weeks have seen increased efforts to reach and prioritise the vaccination of the elderly, those with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory diseases, and people of determination.
On 20 March, AbdulRahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of MoHAP, announced that 72.89 per cent of the elderly and those with chronic diseases have now received a COVID-19 vaccine.
He also announced that 56.59 per cent of the eligible population have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
In the other cases, the same cost would be covered under the government-funded programs (ABM3-ABM5), which cover all Emiratis and their domestic workers, people of determination, pregnant women, residents over 50, people with chronic diseases, people with COVID-19 symptoms and those who mix with infected people.
In a circular to all DHA-licensed health facilities, the DHA warned against the imposition of any extra fees such as express testing fees or fees for faster issuance of result, noting that the COVID-19 PCR test is limited to collecting a nasal swab in the DHA-licensed health facilities.
The authorities approved allowing entry to the emirate within 48 hours of receiving a negative result of PCR tests, and within 24 hours of receiving a negative result of the DPI examination.
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