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COVID-19 saliva test for children – where to get it, how much will it cost?

All you need to know about the coronavirus test for children aged three to 16

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Dubai: Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has introduced a convenient option for getting children tested for COVID-19 by launching the saliva test for those aged three to 16. If you would like to get your child tested for the novel coronavirus, here is all you need to know.

What is the saliva test?

Instead of the nasal swab test, which takes a specimen from the uppermost part of your nose and can cause slight discomfort, the saliva test takes the specimen from the mouth. This is a more comfortable option for children. The option is available for children aged three to 16.

The test results are available within 24 hours of testing.

How much does it cost?

The cost of the saliva test is the same as that of the nasal swab test – Dh150.

Cost: Dh150

Where can I get it done?

The test is available at the following DHA facilities:

COVID-19 screening centres

• Al Ahli Club

• Al Nasr Club – Oud Metha

• Hamriya

• Majlis Al Rashidiya

• Majlis Al Jumeirah

• Mall of Emirates

• Mirdif City Centre

• Deira City Centre

Hospitals

• Dubai Hospital, Deira

• Rashid Hospital, Umm Hurair

• Latifa Women and Children Hospital, Oud Metha

• Hatta Hospital, Hatta

Health centres

• Al Barsha Health Center

• Nad Al Hamar Health Center

• Al Safa Health Center

• Al Badaa Health Center

• Al Mankhool Health Center

• Al Lusaily Health Center

• Al Khawaneej Health Center

• Al Towar Health Center

• Nad Al Sheba Health Center

• Al Mamzar Health Center

• Al Mizhar Health Center