Covid-19 vaccination is mandatory for Hajj this year
Proof of vaccination needs to be supplied by pilgrims before this year’s Hajj
Saudi Arabia’s health minister has stated that vaccination against the Covid-19 virus is mandatory, for the performance of Hajj this year. It is the main condition for the acceptance of pilgrims. Okaz, a Saudi newspaper, has reported that pilgrims will be asked to provide proof of vaccination before being allowed to participate in Hajj.
Saudi Arabia prepares for Hajj 2021
Health minister Tawfiqh Al-Rabiah is providing guidance on how to prepare for the Hajj season from now, including the formation of a vaccination committee. Details of the 2021 Hajj season, including numbers of pilgrims allowed entry this year, are yet to be confirmed.
Vaccine uptake in the UK
According to the latest data published by Gov.uk, as of Friday 4th March, over 20.9 million people in the UK have received their first dose of the vaccine, and 963,862 people have also received their second dose. On the 21st of February, the UK government announced that its aim is for all adults in the UK to be offered the vaccine, by July 31st this year.
Hajj 2021 dates
The days of Hajj are from the 8th to the 13th of Dhul Hijjah, the 12th month in the Islamic calendar. The rituals of Hajj are performed in the span of these 5 or 6 days. This year, the dates of Hajj are from the 17th to the 22nd of July.
It is not known what Hajj 2021 will look like but details become clearer with each passing day. To find out more about Hajj and it’s 9 significant rituals, read our article here: Hajj article
By Nasria Begum
- Al Jazeera article
- Haramain Sharifain on vaccine requirement
- Middle East Monitor on vaccine requirement
- Gov.uk page on vaccine statistics
- BBC News on vaccination of UK adults