International COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for Hajj: Saudi Arabia

COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for Hajj: Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry has said that the Kingdom will only allow people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to attend the Hajj this year.

According to Saudi newspaper Okaz, the Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah said “compulsory vaccination” would be required for all pilgrims.

“The Covid-19 vaccine is mandatory for those willing to come to the Hajj and will be one of the main conditions (for receiving a permit to come),” the Okaz report said, citing an official circular from the Health Ministry.

In 2020, the only 1,000 prilgrims were allowed for Hajj to help prevent the spread of the Corona virus. Pilgrims from outside the Kingdom were excluded from performing Hajj due to the pandemic.

The annual pilgrimage, which is one of the pillars of Islam, would typically attract at least 2.5 million people from across the world.

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