The Saudi health ministry said having a coronavirus vaccine is a must in order to participate in this year’s Hajj.

Iran Press/Middle East: Saudi Arabia’s health ministry says only people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to attend the Hajj this year, Saudi newspaper Okaz reported.

“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),” Monday’s report said, citing a circular signed by the health minister.

Every year, about 100,000 people from Iran participate in the Hajj ritual.

In 2020, the kingdom dramatically reduced the number of pilgrims allowed to attend Hajj to about 1,000 Saudi citizens and residents of the kingdom to help prevent the coronavirus spread, after barring Muslims abroad from the rite for the first time in modern times.


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