The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON has directed all the 36 states and the FCT Muslim Pilgrims boards and agencies as well as the armed forces to vaccinate all intending pilgrims for Hajj 2021 against the corona virus disease.
The commission gave the directive via a circular dated March 28, 2021 and Reference No NAHCON/AZ/44/Vol. II titled “NEED FOR URGENT COVID-19 VACCINATION OF THE INTENDED 2021 PILGRIMS “.
The circular, which was signed by the commissioner in charge of Planning, Research, Statistics Information and Library Science, Sheikh Suleiman Momoh Monikhe said the directive follows the receipt of a letter from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency on the need to carry out the vaccination exercise on all intending pilgrims.
The commissioner said the agency suggested the vaccination so as “to meet up with the average of 12 weeks Interval required for two rounds of the vaccination before Hajj”.
NAHCON also said all intending pilgrims should be told to register online for the vaccine through https//nphcdai t.ng/publicreg
It also said that as 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”
Authorities in Saudi Arabia had already stated that all pilgrims for Hajj 2021 must receive the full doses of the vaccine ahead of performing the Hajj which will hold in July.
Some states such as Lagos, Adamawa and the FCT have already commenced the vaccination of all intending pilgrims.
Efforts to get comments from NAHCON spokesperson Fatima Sanda Usara on Sunday were unsuccessful. She could not be reach via her known telephone line.
However, a senior staff at the commission who asked not to be quoted because he has no permission to speak on the matter confirmed the development to Hajj Reporters.
“It is true. The board felt that more time will be wasted if the commission were to wait for the 100,000 doses earlier promised for the pilgrims and officials and therefore directed that all pilgrims use the public channel available to get vaccinated in time “, he said.
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