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Hajj 2021: COVID vaccination shot made mandatory for pilgrims

COVID vaccination shot made mandatory for pilgrims for attending Hajj 2021.

Hajj this year will be performed in the month of July.

As part of new guidelines in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Hajjis are required to administer the COVID-19 dose before their departure to Saudi Arabia.

According to the sources, the pilgrims going for Hajj from all over the world are to be vaccinated against coronavirus in their own countries.

According to an estimate, around 200,000 people from Pakistan will go for the religious obligation this year. 

As being reported, the process of receiving applications for the Hajj scheme at the official level in Pakistan will start this month while the flight operations for the purpose will start in late May or early June.

The authorities will set up vaccination centres in major cities of the country to administer shots to the pilgrims, according to the source.

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For the year 2020, Saudi Arabia allowed only about 1,000 pilgrims residing in the kingdom to perform the Hajj.  The annual pilgrimage was scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After the resumption of Umrah service for foreign pilgrims since November 1, 2020,  Saudi Arabia received about 100,000 pilgrims from abroad. said Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Muhammad Saleh Benten.

He further added that the ministry is working on operational plans to welcome the month of Ramadan and studying the developments related to the next Hajj season with the concerned authorities.

Saman Siddiqui

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