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Hajj: No coronavirus vaccination, no pilgrimage – Kano board chair

A handout picture provided by Saudi Ministry of Media on August 2, 2020 shows Muslim pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, while mask-clad and along specific pre-ordained rings as measures due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, on the final day of the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage. – Massive crowds in previous years triggered deadly stampedes during the ritual, but this year only up to 10,000 Muslims are taking part after millions of international pilgrims were barred because of the covid-19 pandemic crisis. (Photo by – / Saudi Ministry of Media / AFP)

The chairman of the Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Abba Adam Koki, says intending pilgrims for the 2021 Hajj must take the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Saudi Arabia.

The chairman made the disclosure during a sensitisation programme on Thursday in Kano for pilgrim officers in the 44 local government areas on the importance of taking the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the hajj.

Mr Koki said that all intending pilgrims should endeavour to take the vaccine.

“There is no sickness without a cure. It is acceptable and important to take the vaccine if you must go for Hajj,” he advised.

On his part, the executive secretary of the board, Abba Dambatta, also stressed the need for people to get vaccinated.

He disclosed that all intending pilgrims will be administered the vaccine before departure to reduce risks of infection.

Meanwhile, a staff of the Kano State Immunisation Office, Halima Mujinyawa, has warned that those who refuse to be vaccinated would not be allowed to enter Saudi Arabia.

“If you refuse to collect the vaccine you will be deported back to your country,” she said.

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