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Hajj Enhances Health Protections for Pilgrims

July 9, 2021 • 6:15 am CDT
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will designate a health escort for every 20 pilgrims who will be performing Hajj this year, according to Hesham Saeed, a spokesman for the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

According to local media, these escorts will act as health leaders offering guidance and verify the implementation of precautionary measures during all movements of the pilgrims.”

Saudi Arabia had previously made Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for eligible pilgrims who must be free of chronic diseases.

The Hajj pilgrimage to Islamic holy sites in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is one of the world’s largest mass gatherings. Hajj will take place July 17-July 22, 2021.

On July 1, 2021, the U.S. CDC recommended that Americans in Saudi Arabia not make the pilgrimage. Mass gatherings, such as Hajj, can increase the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 because it can be hard to practice physical distancing. In addition, even fully vaccinated people may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.

An updated listing of travel vaccines is published on this webpage.

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