AUS following health ministry protocols for campus entry

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By Hind Aldah

UNIVERSITY CITY, SHARJAH–Anyone over the age of 16 coming into the American University of Sharjah needs to follow Ministry of Education guidelines before entering, AUS’s University Health Services said in a Sept. 6 email.

The requirements set by MOE include downloading the AlHosn app to prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and providing a negative PCR test at least 72 hours before first entry to campus, the email said. Maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask at all times are also required. 

AUS students, faculty, and staff need to provide proof of vaccination and a negative PCR result on the COVID-19 declaration form to obtain a QR code for access to campus buildings, according to the email. The declaration form can be accessed via AUS VPN. 

The UHS stated that campus guests and dependents of campus residents entering the campus need an activated AlHosn app showing Green Status. Dependents of campus residents below the age of 15 have to be accompanied by an adult and may only enter the Student Center, Student Gym, and Library.

According to the email, those exempted from taking the vaccine may present a negative PCR test result every seven days and request an official government exemption from the United Arab Emirates. Reasons for exemption from taking the vaccine include allergies to previous vaccines, presence of disease proven to interact negatively, pregnancy, or if the recipient was vaccinated outside the UAE.

The AlHosn app requirements to obtain green status consists of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and providing a negative PCR test result every 30 days. Children below the age of 16 and those with exemptions may also obtain green status.