COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for workers serving pilgrims in Makkah and Madinah

Workers in the Hajj and Umrah services sector, those who man shops in Makkah and Madinah, and all other workers in the two holy cities must take vaccine jabs by Ramadan 1 (April 13)

  
Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) disinfect the floor as Muslim pilgrims pray inside Namira Mosque in Arafat to mark Haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, during their Haj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

Health workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) disinfect the floor as Muslim pilgrims pray inside Namira Mosque in Arafat to mark Haj's most important day, Day of Arafat, during their Haj pilgrimage amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia July 30, 2020. Saudi Ministry of Media/Handout via REUTERS

RIYADH Coronavirus vaccines will be mandatory for all those who provide services to pilgrims and Umrah performers in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing has said in its circular.

According to the circular, workers in the Hajj and Umrah services sector, those who man shops in Makkah and Madinah, and all other workers in the two holy cities must take vaccine jabs by Ramadan 1 (April 13).

Those who fail to get vaccinated before the deadline must provide a weekly negative PCR test result at the expense of the employer, the circular added.

The ministry said that its decision is in line with the Ministry of Health’s instructions to curb the spread of coronavirus, protect public health and ensure the return to normal life in the Kingdom.

 

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