A new initiative has been launched in Abu Dhabi to help schools relax COVID-19 safety measures and return to normal operations based on vaccination rates.
Schools with higher student vaccination rates will be able to gradually ease measures, including reduced social distancing requirements, relaxed mask-wearing protocols, increased classroom and school transport capacity, and a return to extra-curricular activities, in-school events and field trips.
The 'blue schools' initiative will be implemented from term 2 of the current academic year, with schools grouped under four tiers:
- Orange tier for schools with less than 50 per cent of students vaccinated
- Yellow for schools with 50-60 per cent of students vaccinated
- Green for schools with 65-84 per cent of students vaccinated
- Blue for schools with 85 per cent and above students vaccinated
Free vaccines are available for children at various vaccination centres across Abu Dhabi, including the dedicated children’s vaccination centre at ADNEC.
Pfizer-BioNTech is available for children aged 12 and over, and Sinopharm is available for children aged 3 and over.
Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved the blue schools initiative, supporting schools in Abu Dhabi to relax measures and return to normal operations based on vaccination rates. pic.twitter.com/GF6LusFsbF— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) October 5, 2021