The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah says solely ‘immunised individuals’ will likely be granted permits to carry out prayers and Umrah within the Grand Mosque in Mecca.
Saudi authorities stated Monday that solely individuals immunised in opposition to COVID-19 will likely be allowed to carry out the year-round Umrah pilgrimage, ranging from the holy month of Ramadan.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said in a statement that solely “immunised individuals” will likely be granted permits to carry out Umrah in addition to prayers within the Grand Mosque within the holy metropolis of Mecca.
These embody people who’ve acquired two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, these having acquired one dose of the vaccine no less than 14 days earlier than performing the pilgrimage, or an individual who has recovered from the virus, the ministry stated.
The ministry additionally stated it could improve the operational capability of the holy mosque in adherence with COVID-19 measures and restrictions.
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It was additionally not clear whether or not the coverage, which comes amid an uptick in coronavirus infections in Saudi Arabia, could be prolonged to the annual Hajj pilgrimage later this yr.
Saudi Arabia has reported greater than 393,000 coronavirus infections and over 6,700 deaths from the virus.
The dominion’s well being ministry stated it has administered greater than 5 million coronavirus vaccines, in a rustic with a inhabitants of over 34 million.
Final month, King Salman changed the Hajj minister, months after the dominion hosted the smallest Hajj in trendy historical past as a result of pandemic.
Mohammad Benten was relieved from his submit and changed by Essam bin Saeed, in accordance with a royal decree revealed by the official Saudi Press Company (SPA).
Solely 10,000 Muslim residents of Saudi Arabia itself have been allowed to participate within the Hajj final yr, a far cry from the two.5 million Muslims from all over the world who participated in 2019.
Proof of vaccination
With COVID-19 vaccination drives happening throughout the globe, the thought of vaccine passports or certificates has develop into a hotly debated answer to soundly reopen worldwide borders for journey and enhance tourism sectors which have immensely suffered underneath coronavirus lockdowns.
Final month China launched a well being certificates programme for Chinese language residents travelling internationally.
The digital certificates, which exhibits a consumer’s vaccination standing and virus check outcomes, is accessible for Chinese language residents through a programme on Chinese language social media platform WeChat.
The UK’s authorities can be contemplating asking individuals to point out proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to entry crowded areas comparable to pubs or sports activities occasions.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has beforehand stated a certificates is prone to be wanted for worldwide journey.
Nonetheless, British parliamentarians from throughout the political divide not too long ago in a letter opposed any such transfer sooner or later, calling it “divisive and discriminatory”.