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Bangladesh makes Covid vaccine mandatory for Hajj pilgrims

The government has made coronavirus vaccination mandatory for people willing to perform Hajj later this year.

A notice was issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs on Tuesday. The decision was taken in accordance with the Health Ministry of Saudi Arabia.

According to the notice, around 60,707 people, who have registered for performing Hajj this year, have to be vaccinated.

The ministry requested the director general of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to take necessary steps in this regard.

Tracking number, name, date of birth, father’s name, mother’s name, NID number, present and permanent addresses, gender, mobile number, Hajj license number and the name of the agency must be included in the vaccine card, according to the notification.

According to a recent ruling by Saudi Arabia’s health ministry, only people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to attend the Hajj.

“The Covid-19 vaccine is mandatory for those willing to come to the Hajj and will be one of the main conditions (for receiving a permit to come),” according to the ruling.

In 2020, the kingdom reduced the number of pilgrims allowed to attend Hajj to about 1,000 Saudi citizens and residents of the kingdom, in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, after barring Muslims abroad from performing Hajj for the first time in modern times.

Source: United News of Bangladesh