Vaccination for COVID-19 is required for Hajj 2022, ministry says

Vaccination for COVID 19 is required for Hajj 2022

According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, a complete vaccination with a COVID19 vaccine is still required for those planning to perform Hajj this year.

Less than 24 hours ago, the Saudi authorities lifted several COVID-19 prevention measures, including the requirement to wear face masks in enclosed spaces.

According to the ministry, all pilgrims planning on performing Hajj this year must have received one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines.

According to the electronic registration portal, one million pilgrims are expected to participate in this year’s Hajj.

As a result of the recent announcement related to the lifting of precautionary and preventive measures associated with COVID-19, people will no longer need to wear face masks indoors, except in Makkah’s Grand Mosque and Madinah’s Prophet’s Mosque, along with hospitals, significant public events, planes, and public transport services.

The Tawakkalna app no longer requires proof of vaccination for entry into establishments, events, activities, airplanes, and public transportation.

Administrators of any activity, event or public transportation provider who wish to apply higher levels of protection may be exempted from the decision.

Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said at a press conference on June 1 that many requirements were in place to perform Hajj this year, but “our top priority remains the safety of pilgrims and their safe return to their countries.”

In opening registration for this year’s Hajj, the ministry emphasized that those who had not performed the rituals previously would be given priority. Per the Tawakkalna application, those who are not fully immunized will be denied Hajj permits.

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