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COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for Hajj 2021

Saudi Arabia’s health ministry has ruled that only people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to attend the hajj this year, Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on Monday.

“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 report said, citing a circular signed by the health minister.

Last year’s Hajj was performed by a limited number of Saudis and Expatriates residing in the kingdom to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.