Unvaccinated Egyptian citizens will no longer be able to access public services at state-run facilities unless they first receive Covid-19 vaccines or provide a valid negative PCR test result.
Unvaccinated Egyptian citizens will be banned from entering government-run facilities. [Getty]
Cairo – Egyptian Cabinet Spokesman Nader Saad Recount Local satellite TV channel ON on Tuesday evening said unvaccinated Egyptian citizens would no longer be able to receive utilities at government facilities from Wednesday.
Saad said any citizen wishing to enter public office would now have to present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or recent negative PCR test result in accordance with a government decision taken earlier in October.
Banks, metro stations and other means of public transport have been exempted from the government decision on the condition that customers adhere to the precautionary measures.
Earlier in mid-November, unvaccinated officials were also refuse access to their offices unless they provide PCR test results.
Last week, Cairo University did not allow unvaccinated students to sit for their midterm exams. Prior to that, unvaccinated students were prohibited from entering college campuses and residing in dormitories.
Free Covid-19 vaccines of various brands are available from the Ministry of Health across the country. But some Egyptians, especially the less educated, are said to have refrained from getting vaccinated. They believe the jabs could cause death or serious side effects.
Tuesday evening, the Egyptian Ministry of Health reported a total of 949 Covid-19 cases and 62 deaths, among a population of around 101 million.
These numbers are considered inaccurate, however, as patients often self-isolate without reporting positive cases to the ministry.
Families who lost loved ones to Covid-19 said The New Arabic that they believed the Egyptian authorities were trying to avoid public panic by not recording the disease as the cause of death in the official journals.