Saudi Arabia recommends vaccinations ahead of Hajj season

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The Saudi health ministry issued a reminder to those planning to perform Hajj this year to take any necessary and required vaccinations.

The ministry said in a post on its Twitter account on Tuesday evening that appointments for the vaccinations should be booked via the “Sehhaty” application in order to ensure a safe and healthy Hajj season.

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In April, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had said receiving the required vaccinations is essential to getting a permit for Hajj. It also added that permits for this year’s Hajj season will be issued starting 15 Shawwal, or on Friday May 5.

Some of the required vaccines it listed are: COVID-19, seasonal influenza and Meningococcal Meningitis. All should be taken at least 10 days before Hajj.

Some vaccines required for those coming from outside Saudi Arabia include the Yellow Fever and Poliovirus Vaccination.

Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, is expected to begin on June 26.

Late last year, Saudi Arabia unveiled the Nusuk, previously called Eatmarna, as the Kingdom’s new official platform to plan both Hajj and Umrah and organize the whole trip from submitting an application for an eVisa to booking accommodation and flights.

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