The federal government has made the Coronavirus vaccination for all Pakistani Hajj pilgrims mandatory.
According to the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, only a few thousand Pakistanis will perform Hajj this year due to the Coronavirus related situation.
However, all of them will be administered the Coronavirus vaccine before embarking on the Hajj journey.
Qadri added that Hajj this year will be more expensive than last year due to the adherence to the Coronavirus SOPs issued by the Saudi government.
Note that the government had initiated the official Hajj scheme last week while the process of receiving applications for the scheme will begin later this month and flight operation will start in late May or early June.
Last year, in view of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Saudi government had allowed only 10,000 people residing in the country to perform Hajj under strict COVID-19 SOPs.