• ADEK, DoH, ADPHC & SEHA collaborate to enable safe return to school
• New centers created to meet demand for vaccine following the success of Yas Mall pop-up vaccination center for students
• Emirates ID and ALHOSN App required for resident students and educators to receive the vaccine
• Dedicated students vaccination centers welcome students and educators between August 17 and October 31 to receive first, second and booster doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines
• New arrivals can show passport copy, entry permit with UID, and ALHOSN App
• One parent or legal guardian allowed from each family to avoid overcrowding
16 August 2021: In the latest initiative to facilitate a safe return to school for the new academic year, health and education authorities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi have collaborated to open walk-in COVID-19 vaccination centers for students aged 12 and above, school teachers and administrative staff in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, whether they are residents or new to the Emirate.
The collaboration between the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DoH), Abu Dhabi Public Health Center (ADPHC), and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) follows the recent success of ADEK’s pop-up vaccination center at Yas Mall, where over 1,800 students were vaccinated.
The dedicated centers in the Green Hall at the Mina Zayed Vaccination Center in Abu Dhabi and Green Hall at Al Ain Convention Center in Al Ain are open daily from 8am until 8pm until 31 October. Appointments are not required, though students below the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
“With students aged 16 and above requiring vaccination to return to face-to-face in-school learning for the new academic year, the new vaccination centers are designed to make the process as easy as possible and facilitate a smooth return to school for the entire education community. We encourage parents to continue playing their vital part and vaccinate their children,” explained HE Amer Al Hammadi, ADEK Undersecretary.
As per requirements for a three-week window between the two doses, all members within the education community are advised to receive their first vaccination as early as possible.
The new dedicated centers offer first, second and booster doses Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines which students and the wider education community can access either at these two centers or any other DoH approved vaccination center. The entire procedure, including post-vaccination observation, should take no more than 40 minutes.
Residents can walk into the new centers without an appointment but must present their Emirates ID at registration, while new arrivals to the school community will need to show a passport and entry permit with UID. Registration also includes presenting an employee ID, employment or enrolment letter from a school, and displaying green or grey status on the ALHOSN app.
Students below 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian not younger than 21 years old. However, only one parent or legal guardian per family is allowed into the centers to avoid overcrowding and ensure a streamlined vaccination process.
Students aged 16 and above choosing to return to face-to-face in-school learning must be vaccinated as per protocols issued by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee. Students with vaccination exemptions can enter school premises provided the exemption is verified on their ALHOSN app or through an official letter from a DoH authorized vaccination provider such as SEHA or Mubadala Health.