Unvaccinated students will not be denied access to schools: Education ministry

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 Dec 2021

Students who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus will not be denied access to schools, Egypt's Ministry of Education said on Wednesday, stressing that “no directive have been issued in this regard.”

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However, the ministry has issued an official notice urging all educational directorates countrywide to coordinate with health authorities to encourage 15 to 18-year-old students to take the vaccine.

The ministry's notice stressed that a consent form will need to be signed by parents before students can be vaccinated.

Egypt lowered the minimum age of eligibility to receive the inoculation in early November, authorising the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for 15 to 18-year olds. Later in the same month, the country approved the use of the two-dose US vaccine for students aged between 12 and 15.

Some 513,000 people under 18 years of age have registered to receive the vaccine, of which about 261,500 have been vaccinated, acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar told a meeting of the Supreme Committee for the Management of the Coronavirus Crisis on Tuesday.

Unlike school students, university students are required to present proof they have received at least one shot of the vaccine, or a negative PCR test certificate, before they can be allowed on campuses.

As of December, Egypt started barring unvaccinated citizens from entering public government institutions.

Unvaccinated state employees are also barred from entering their workplaces without a negative PCR test certificate.

Egypt is looking to inoculate at least 40 million of its 102-million population by 31 December, securing close to 100 million doses of different vaccines.

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