More than eight in 10 private school teachers in Dubai have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
The number of teachers who got the first dose increased from 70 per cent to 85 per cent in two weeks, the emirate's private school regulator announced.
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has been taking to social media to encourage schools to get teachers inoculated.
Dubai has 210 private schools, and those that have a majority of their staff vaccinated get a special mention from the authorities.
"A big (virtual) bear hug to Ranches Primary School, Kings School Al Barsha, Lycée Français Int'l, Victory Heights Primary School & Hartland Int'l School - 93% of staff vaccinated!" KHDA wrote on Twitter.
In April, it said teachers and staff at schools in Dubai who are eligible for a vaccine but have not taken it must undergo weekly PCR tests at their own expense.
Staff not eligible for the vaccine or who have had their first dose would be exempt from testing.
In January, 60 per cent of private education staff – 15,000 people – in Abu Dhabi received the first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine following a two-week vaccination drive organised by the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, the
emirate's private school regulator.