Only fully vaccinated students can return to in-person classes at school, announced Saudi Education Ministry
2 August 2021| Last updated on 2 August 2021
The kingdom has administered over 27.2 million vaccine doses as of August 2021.
Students in Saudi Arabi who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 can return to in-person lessons at schools from August 29, said the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education.
This means middle school and high school students who are eligible for the vaccine, and have completed both doses, can go back to school for the new academic year.
Students in elementary and preschool level will be exempt from coming back to school until at least 70% herd immunity has been achieved.
Covid-19 vaccine appointments will be provided for eligible school staff and students in time by the end of the month, said ministry officials.
Getting the Covid-19 vaccine while pregnant
Pregnant in women in Saudi Arabia have also been urged to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by the Ministry of Health.
"You aren’t just protecting one life, you’re protecting two," said Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, spokesman from the ministry. He reaffirmed the safety and efficacy of the vaccines for pregnant mums, and added that a large number of unvaccinated pregnant women have been hospitalized due to the virus.
Pregnant mums can be exempted from the vaccine if they have medical proven reasons such as hypersensitivity to the vaccine or one of its components.
As of August 1, Saudi health officials reported 1,084 new cases of coronavirus in the kingdom, bringing the total number of infections to 526,814.
1,285 people have recovered, making 507,374 total recoveries in Saudi Arabia so far.
12 new Covid-related deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 8,249.