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Back-to-school serology testing of children limited to high-infection zones

A Magen David Adom paramedic takes blood for serological tests on ultra-Orthodox school kids in Kiryat Yearim on August 9, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A Magen David Adom paramedic takes blood for serological tests on ultra-Orthodox school kids in Kiryat Yearim on August 9, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Education Ministry has decided to limit its serology testing for antibodies in children ahead of the school year to areas where confirmed COVID cases surpassed 10 percent, according to Hebrew media reports.

Sunday marked the first day of nationwide serological tests for those ages 3-12, which are being operated by the IDF Home Front Command at more than 400 locations across the country.

Under the government’s original back-to-school plan, more than a million students were planned to undergo serological testing to determine if they had been infected and recovered from COVID in the past without detection. If the students are found to have antibodies, they will be granted a Green Pass and will be exempt from quarantine if someone in their class tests positive.

The testing campaign has been marred by technical difficulties since its rollout.

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