Oyo Govt tells residents they will need both COVID-19 doses to go on pilgrimage

The Oyo State government has informed all prospective pilgrims in Oyo State that they will need to get the two COVID-19 vaccine doses if they wish to be eligible for the upcoming pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

The Chairman, Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wong), Prof. Sayed Malik stated this on Friday. He advised all prospective pilgrims to take advantage of the vaccination provided by the Oyo State government before it becomes too late.

He went on to refute the rumours going around that only a certain number of pilgrims will be accommodated in the upcoming pilgrimage and stated that the agency has not made any announcement about the number of pilgrims going along yet.

The Chairman and the board members as well as the management of the Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board all had their second dose of the vaccine publicly to prove to prospective pilgrims that it was safe and urged the pilgrims to expect good news as preparations continue for the next visit to Mecca and Medina.

He said: “The federal agency in charge of the pilgrims has not made any official statement relating to the number of people that will journey to Saudi Arabia for the hajj, I don’t know where the rumours of a certain number came from, but I assure you that the coast will be clear in the next two weeks.”

“Our people that are interested in partaking in the exercise should just get ready, but what they are expected to do for now is to get the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, it is a must for every intending pilgrim to get it and as you can see, the State government has made it so seamless to get, we appreciate our governor, Engr. Seun Makinde for this.”

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