In preparation for the 2021 hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia, The Katsina Pilgrim Welfare Board has scheduled a date to administer COVID-19 vaccines on all 2021 hajj intending pilgrims from the state.
According to a statement credited to the Public Relations Officers of the Katsina State Pilgrim Welfare Board, Bello Badaru, the COVID-19 vaccination exercise for 2021 intending hajj pilgrims would begin on the 8th April, 2021 in all the Pilgrims Welfare Board offices across the State.
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in a statement last week said starting from the holy month of Ramadan 2021, only intending pilgrims certified to have been inoculated against COVID-19 will be allowed to observe prayers and Umrah in the holy city of Mecca.
The statement specified that only “immunized people” who have received the double doses of COVID-19 vaccines or those who have received one dose of the vaccines, not more than 14 days before performing the pilgrimage, or a person who has recovered from the virus, would be allowed into Mecca, Saudi Arabia for the holy exercise.
So far, Saudi Arabia has reported more than 393,000 coronavirus infections and over 6,700 deaths from the virus.
Last month, precisely on the 12th March, 2021, Katsina State Government took delivery of 107,504 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.
The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, his deputy and health workers were among the first beneficiaries of the COVID-19 vaccines in the state.