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COVID-19 Screening Program - Round 3

01 March, 2021


A big thank you once again to all community members who participated in the COVID-19 Screening Program in January. We completed 5,842 individual tests across five testing days. A total of 13 positive asymptomatic individuals were identified and would have otherwise gone unrecognized, which shows the importance of continued testing. The results are testament to the approach taken throughout the pandemic and the way in which the KAUST community has followed and adhered to the Keeping KAUST Safe guidelines.


Important to continue

As part of the COVID-19 Testing Plan, KAUST, in collaboration with Government Affairs and the Ministry of Health (MoH), is hosting a third round of the COVID-19 Screening Program. This will run from March 7 to 11.


Mandatory Requirements

Participation in the COVID-19 Screening Program is mandatory for all KAUST residents aged 18 and over and non-resident KAUST employees and students, including those living and working outside KAUST. Younger people from age 7 to 17 are eligible for testing. Testing for this age group is not mandatory.


Anyone who has received their COVID-19 vaccination will still be required to participate in this testing program.


It is as important as ever that we continue to follow the advice and mitigation measures in place and continue regular community testing to help limit the spread of the virus.


Program Overview:

  • Eligibility: All KAUST residents aged 7 and over (including domestic helpers) and non-resident KAUST employees and students
  • Price: Testing is free of charge to you
  • Method: Testing method will be RT-PCR on throat swab samples
  • Timings: Book the day and time for testing that is convenient to you
    • March 7 to 11: 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Testing will be conducted onsite at KAUST, via a drive-through and pedestrian service at KAUST Inn 1
  • After testing: You are welcome to carry on with your normal duties until a test result is available
  • Testing positive: If the test is positive for COVID-19, you are to self-isolate and notify KAUST Health immediately for contact tracing to be initiated


Booking Requirements:

1. You must book a slot on the KAUST booking system 

  • Please bring the QR code with you, as this will be used as proof of attendance.

2. Closer to your appointment date, you must register and book on the Sehhaty app. Registering and booking on Sehhaty is a prerequisite for testing. Follow the step by step guide to register and book on the App. Bring the Sehhaty QR code to your appointment.


Important: You need to bring TWO QR codes to your appointment from the: 1) KAUST booking system; and 2) Sehhaty MoH system


The deadline for booking your appointment is 5:00 p.m. on March 6, but do not wait to book as slots will fill fast.

Important reminder regarding non-compliance:

  • Participation in the COVID-19 Screening Program is mandatory for all KAUST residents aged 18 and over and non-resident KAUST employees and students, including those living and working outside KAUST.
  • Employees and students who do not participate in the testing program without valid reason, will be contacted by Human Resources or Graduate Affairs and further action may be taken in accordance with the Guidelines for Enforcement of COVID-19 Health and Safety rules
  • If you live or work outside KAUST, you must test during the testing week. Failure to submit evidence of a test undertaken outside of KAUST will result in further action
  • Failure to follow the correct booking requirements may also result in an incorrect record for your participation

Keeping KAUST safe continues to be our number one priority and the third round of the COVID-19 Screening Program is another step towards our common goal of returning to a "new normal." For more details about the program, how to make a booking and FAQs, please visit the COVID-19 Screening Program page on the KAUST Health website.


For any questions or assistance, please email


We appreciate your support for this program and cooperation in Keeping KAUST Safe. 


Kind regards,

Daniel Buttigieg
Director, KAUST Health