NAHCON asks states to begin vaccination of intending pilgrims
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON has asked the 36 states and the FCT Muslim Pilgrims boards and agencies to begin COVID vaccination for all intending pilgrims for the 2021 hajj exercise.
The directive was contained in a circular dated March 26, 2021, titled: “Need For Urgent Covid-19 Vaccination for the Intended 2021 Pilgrims”.
It was signed by the commissioner in charge of Planning, Research, Statistics Information, and Library Science,
Sheikh Suleiman Momoh Imonikhe.
According to the commission, the directive follows the receipt of a letter from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) on the need to carry out the vaccination exercise on all intending pilgrims.
Saudi health ministry had said having a coronavirus vaccine is a must in order to participate in this year’s Hajj.
NAHCON, however, said it would not force COVID-19 vaccination on intending pilgrims, adding that any
prospective pilgrim that refused to take the vaccine would be asked reapply when the Saudi government change its decision.
It was learnt that some states, including the Federal Capital Territory have commenced the vaccination of all intending pilgrims.
The circular noted that NPHCDA suggested the vaccination so as “to meet up with the average of 12 weeks Interval requires for two rounds of the vaccination before Hajj”.
NAHCON also said all intending pilgrims should be told to register online for the vaccine through the NPHCDA designated website.
The commission added that for those who could not complete the registration, “ the facility for registration would be made available for them at the point of vaccination at designated centers”.
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