Health officials in Saudi Arabia will require a coronavirus vaccine for worshippers who want to participate in the annual hajj, according to multiple reports citing local media.
The move was first reported by Saudi newspaper Okaz, quoting a decree from Saudi Minister of Health Tawfiq al-Rabiah. The health official called for long-term measures to organize health facilities in the holy Saudi cities of Mecca and Medina, in addition to the creation of vaccine committees for attendees.
About 3 million Muslims usually make the trip to Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj, a religious pilgrimage, each year. Participants circle around Mecca’s Grand Mosque, which Muslims pray toward five times a day.
It was not immediately clear who the Saudi health minister’s announcement was directed towards, according to multiple reports.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Marina Pitofsky