Saudi Arabia has mandated the COVID-19 vaccination for hajj pilgrims for the Hajj 2021.
The country’s health ministry said on Wednesday that only people who have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 would be allowed to attend the Hajj this year.
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 Kingdom has taken stern actions to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Taking extreme measures, Saudi Arabia banned the entry of foreign pilgrims for Hajj in 2020 and only allowed the citizens of different countries staying in the Kingdom to represent their nations.
Meanwhile, Pakistan hopes for the number of pilgrims this year to be higher than 2020 when only a limited number of devotees had been allowed to perform Hajj.
In this regard, the country has already made the coronavirus vaccination for all Pakistani Hajj pilgrims mandatory.
The development came on February 8, when Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, said that only a few thousand Pakistanis would perform Hajj this year due to the pandemic, and all of them will be administered the coronavirus vaccine before embarking on the holy journey.