Covid-19 vaccine has been declared mandatory by the Saudi government for all the pilgrims intending to perform Hajj this year, announced the Health Minister, Dr Tawfiq Al-Rabiah.

Meanwhile, the healthcare workers participating during the Umrah and Hajj season will also have to get the coronavirus vaccine, and for that the Saudi government will be establishing a vaccination committee.

A spokesperson of health ministry informed the press that “anyone who received the vaccine and passed two to three weeks after completing the vaccination is not required to quarantine after getting into contact with an infected person”.


The government of Saudi Arabia has also declared March 2 of each year the “Health Martyr Day” in recognition of the significant role played by the healthcare heroes, who devoted their lives to their work and people’s health. Moreover, the ministry will also provide psychological and social support for their families.

The cases and death count in the country is increasing daily with five more deaths reported on Tuesday. The death toll of SA now stands at 6,505.

The ministry also reported 302 new cases, meaning that 378,002 people have now contracted the disease. There are 2,571 active cases, 508 of which are in critical condition.

Saudis and expats in the Kingdom continue to receive their doses of the covid-19 vaccine, with 885,411 people having been inoculated.

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