Covid-19: Vaccine priority for prospective haj pilgrims when Saudi govt mandates it, says Khairy

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Prospective Malaysian haj pilgrims this year will be given priority in receiving the Covid-19 vaccine once the Saudi Arabian government mandates it as a main condition, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The coordinating minister for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme said on Monday (March 29) that Lembaga Tabung Haji (Tabung Haji) would submit the list of pilgrims according to the schedule after receiving the official decision from the Saudi Arabian government.

He said that it is the responsibility of the Malaysian government to provide vaccines to haj pilgrims if vaccination is made compulsory by the Saudi Arabian government.

“Once we get the decision that it is compulsory, we will work with Tabung Haji to look at the list of those approved to perform the haj this year, so that they are given priority for vaccination, ” he said.

Saudi Arabian Health Minister Dr Tawfiq al-Rabiah was previously reported to have said that the Covid-19 vaccination was mandatory, and part of the main conditions for all pilgrims who would perform the haj rites in July.

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