Egypt’s Education Ministry announced that education workers who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus will not be allowed to work on site, unless they submit to twice weekly testing for the virus.
Education Minister Tarek Shawky explained that the measures come within the framework of the ministry’s plan to vaccinate all school workers ahead of the academic year.
Shawky announced earlier this month that 95 percent of the target number of teachers and administrators – 1,605,861 – had been vaccinated.
Over the summer, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered the vaccination of all university and school staff and students against COVID-19 before the new school year, which starts on October 9 for public schools and began on September 12 for international schools.
Meanwhile, Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed received the Greek ambassador to Egypt Nikolaos Garilidis on Thursday, at the ministry’s headquarters, to discuss cooperation in the health sector.
The minister thanked the Greek ambassador for his country’s donation of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Egypt, which had arrived earlier in the week.
For his part, Garilidis expressed his country’s readiness to continue support to Egypt’s the health sector.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm