Those intending to perform the Hajj will have to get a covid shot as Saudi Arabia has made Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for people intending to perform the annual pilgramage this year.
“The Covid-19 vaccine is mandatory for those willing to attend Hajj and will be one of the main conditions,” reports said, quoting the Kingdom’s health ministry as saying.
Health Minister Tawfiq al-Rabiah said, “compulsory vaccination” would be required for all the pilgrims. He didn’t confirm whether pilgrims from outside the Kingdom would be permitted to undertake Hajj, but said a vaccine would be the “main condition” for participation.
Hajj, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford, draws millions of pilgrims from around the world.
Due to coronavirus pandemic last year, pilgrims from outside the Kingdom were excluded from performing Hajj.