The Saudi Arabia government has decided to make it mandatory for Hajj pilgrims to take anti-coronavirus vaccine. According to Saudi health ministry officials, taking COVID-19 vaccine has been made compulsory for those arriving in the country to perform the Hajj this year. People who don’t comply to the rule will not be allowed to perform Hajj.
“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),” stated the Saudi newspaper Okaz report.
The decision is believed to be taken to ensure Hajj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective.