Government to bar unvaccinated public sector employees from workplace starting Monday

Ahram Online , Sunday 14 Nov 2021

Starting Monday, unvaccinated employees in Egypt’s public sector will not be allowed to enter their workplace unless they are officially vaccinated or present a negative PCR test every week.

An Egyptian medical worker administers a dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine (Covishield) on March 4, 2021 in Cairo on the first day of vaccination in Egypt (AFP)

The government’s decision, which was issued in October, aims to encourage citizens to get vaccinated, especially since the country’s inventory of doses increased in the past two months.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Higher Education announced that the decision will also include students in public universities in addition to the staff and employees.

According to Ministry of Health Spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar, students will not be allowed to enter public universities starting Monday unless they present a vaccination card or a weekly negative PCR test.

Abdel-Ghaffar added that 1.8 million university students out of 3 million were vaccinated, while 90 percent of all university staff and employees have been jabbed.

According to official statements, more than 26 million citizens in Egypt have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Egypt is still at the peak of its fourth wave of the virus and is recording higher than usual daily numbers of confirmed cases as well as fatalities.

So far, the country has officially recorded 342,026 cases, including 19,435 deaths and 286,891 recoveries since the pandemic began.

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