The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), through the Department of Communicable Diseases of the Department of Infection Control, announced on 28 May 2023 that all the vaccinations required for Hajj or Umrah are available free of charge in all of its 31 health centers in various regions of the country.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia indicated that there are no restrictions imposed on the number of pilgrims this year, to return to what they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, with no age restriction.
The requirement to complete immunization with essential doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines provided that it is not less than two doses for the pilgrim wishing to perform the pilgrimage this year. Pilgrims from outside the Kingdom must provide a valid vaccination certificate proving receipt of the required vaccinations, stressing the need for pilgrims to adhere to precautionary measures while performing Hajj to protect their health and safety.
The PHCC stressed the importance of taking vaccinations well before Hajj (10 days or more before travel) to prevent some infectious diseases, as vaccinations vary between mandatory and optional.
Source: Primary Health Care Corporation
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