Saudi Arabia’s New COVID – 19 Vaccination Rules Come Into Effect

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – New rules requiring people in Saudi Arabia to have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine before entering certain public place come into effect today, October 10.

Under the new regulations announced on October 1, anyone wishing to enter government buildings, schools, events, or use public transportation and air travel must have received both doses, according to the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Anyone wishing to perform the Umrah pilgrimage must also have received two vaccine doses starting October 10.

Unvaccined people have been banned for entering government facilities, using transport, and attending events in the Kingdom since August 1.

The new rules specify that people must have received at least two vaccine doses before they are allowed to enter these areas.

More than 43 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administrated to people in Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday.

These doses were administered at 578 vaccination sites scattered across Saudi Arabia’s 2.2. million  square kilometers, the ministry added.

Citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia can register their vaccine status using the contact – tracing Tawakkalna app, which can then be used to access public places.

The country has employed some of the strictest measures in the world to control the spread of the COVID – 19 virus in preventing people from accessing public places without proof of inoculation.

Officially – reported case numbers have fallen sharply in recent weeks.


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