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Covid-19 in Abu Dhabi: Only Those Vaccinated to Be Allowed to Enter Public Places

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Photo: Unsplash

Those unvaccinated against Covid-19 and those with a grey status on Al Hosn app, which reflects an expired PCR test, will soon be prohibited from entering public places in Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis, and Disasters Committee has approved the entry of only vaccinated citizens, residents, and tourists into public spaces. The procedure will go into effect on Friday, August 20, 2021. Those who have been vaccinated with green status on the Al Hosn app, which appears after a negative PCR test result and lasts for 30 days, are allowed to enter. According to Abu Dhabi officials, a booster dosage must be given six months after obtaining the second dose of a Covid vaccine in order to keep the vaccinated status on the Al Hosn app.

A grace period of 30 days will be given to all those who have taken their second dose more than 6 months ago, before their status turns grey on September 20. Participants in vaccine trials are exempt from needing a booster dose. Entry is also allowed for those exempted from vaccination with green status on Al Hosn app, which appears after a negative PCR test result and remains for seven days. Children under the age of 16 will be given entrance if their status on the Al Hosn app is green without the need for a test. The committee also announced that those with a new residency permit have a grace period of 60 days to be vaccinated.

Public spaces include shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, and all other retail outlets, including those not within a shopping center, as well as gyms, recreational facilities and sporting activities, health clubs, resorts, museums, cultural centers, and theme parks. The list also includes universities, institutes, public and private schools, and children’s nurseries in the emirate.

So far, 50,178 doses of the vaccine were given in the last 24 hours to reach a total of 17,363,341 doses, with a distribution rate of 175.56 doses per 100 people. A percentage of 82.23% have received 1 dose and 72.87% of the population are fully vaccinated.

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