Abu Dhabi launches tier system for schools reopening based on vaccination rates

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has launched a new system for reopening schools based on vaccination coverage, the Abu Dhabi Media Office (ADMO) reported Tuesday.

“Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved the ‘Blue Schools Initiative’, which supports schools in Abu Dhabi to relax measures and return to normal operations based on vaccination rates,” ADMO said in a press release.

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The ‘blue schools initiative’, which will be implemented in the second term of the current academic year, will allow higher-vaccinated schools to gradually relax the measures.

The new measures include reduced social distancing requirements, relaxed mask-wearing protocols, increased classroom and school transportation capacity, and a return to extracurricular activities and field trips.

The initiative recognizes vaccination as “the primary pathway to recovery, reiterates transparency and improves students’ learning and social experience at school,” according to ADMO.

The levels are as follows:
• Orange for schools with less than 50 percent of students vaccinated
• Yellow for schools with 50-60 percent vaccinated students
• Green for schools with 65-84 percent of vaccinated students
• Blue for schools with 85 percent and more vaccinated students

ADMO said children can be vaccinated for free at many centers in Abu Dhabi, including the special pediatric vaccination center at ADNEC.

Pfizer-BioNTech is available for children ages 12 and older, and Sinopharm is available for children ages 3 and older, ADMO adds.

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