Saudi Minister of Health: Receiving the Corona vaccine is a major condition for performing Hajj


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The Saudi Minister of Health, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, directed that the acceptance of the participants in the Hajj season be linked to their receiving the vaccine against the Corona virus and the cause of “Covid-19” disease, and considering it the main condition for participation.

Al-Rabiah said in a circular on Monday evening: “You must prepare early to secure the manpower required to operate the health facilities in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, the Holy Sites, Madinah and the entry points for pilgrims, for the Hajj season for the current year, and to form a Corona vaccination committee for participants in the Hajj and Umrah season, and accordingly they adopted the compulsory vaccination. Corona is for those wishing to participate, as it is one of the conditions for participating in the Hajj season.

The Saudi Minister of Health did not disclose whether the pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom or the pilgrims inside the Kingdom will be required to take the vaccine in their countries or in the Kingdom, or whether this year’s Hajj will be limited to domestic pilgrims of all nationalities, like what happened last year.

Hajj rituals were held last year in limited numbers for those wishing to perform the rituals of Hajj of various nationalities who are inside the Kingdom, and who reached about 10 thousand pilgrims, in light of the spread of the Corona virus.

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