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IDF Home Front Command to assist with serological tests in schools

A Magen David Adom worker takes blood for a serological test for COVID-19 from an child in the ultra-Orthodox town of Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz-Stone), outside Jerusalem, on August 9, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A Magen David Adom worker takes blood for a serological test for COVID-19 from an child in the ultra-Orthodox town of Kiryat Ye'arim (Telz-Stone), outside Jerusalem, on August 9, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The IDF Home Front Command will assist the Health Ministry in carrying out serological testing for coronavirus antibodies at schools around the country, reports Hebrew media outlets.

The testing is being carried out to mark the beginning of the school year under a program designed to reduce the need for quarantine among students and allow them to remain in in-person instruction. Those who are found to have COVID antibodies will be exempt from quarantine if a classmate tests positive for the coronavirus. Under a plan approved by the government, all 1.6 million kids in kindergarten and grades 1-6 will undergo a serology test to check if they have COVID-19 antibodies. Those who are found to have recovered from the disease will receive a “Green Pass.”

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