All government staff must undergo a PCR test every 48 hours: FAHR - GulfToday

All government staff must undergo a PCR test every 48 hours: FAHR

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A health worker (left) conducts a nasal swab test “PCR test”. File photo

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) on Sunday issued a circular addressed to all ministries and federal entities, concerning the amendment of some procedures to address the COVID-19 pandemic at the federal government level, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Prevention.

The modified procedure will be implemented as of Sunday, 29th August, 2021.


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The Authority explained that all federal government employees are required to perform a nasal swab test "PCR test" every 48 hours, with the exception of employees who have received the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Employees who have obtained a medical report from official health authorities in the country, indicating that they cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine, due to their health condition, are excluded from the new procedures, provided they are committed to performing a PCR test every 48 hours.

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A nasal swab test "PCR test" every 48 hours who have received the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The circular added that outsourced companies and public services companies contracted by federal government entities (now and in the future) must conduct a PCR test every 48 hours for their employees working on a full-time basis at government offices, the expense provided by those companies.

Employees who have received the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be exempted.

With regard to consultants and experts who are required to attend meetings or be present at government office premises, the circular pointed out that federal authorities are required to confirm recent PCR test results performed within 48 hours, except for those who have taken two doses of the vaccine.

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