Kerala to ensure second dose of COVID vaccine to Hajj pilgrims


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Malappuram: Kerala will make arrangements to give second dose of the Covishield vaccine to Hajj pilgrims before 14 days of the trip. Those who applied for the pilgrimage via the state Hajj committee will be able to receive the second dose. Minister V Abdurahman has given directions to make arrangements for this purpose during a high-level meeting held on Tuesday.

It was directed that Hajj pilgrims from India must take the first dose of the vaccine before May 13. The second dose must be taken 14 days before entering Saudi Arabia.

Hajj pilgrimage from India will begin on June 26. At present, the second dose of the vaccine is given after 84 days. If this rule is followed, many people would not be able to observe the pilgrimage.

Observing the situation, the government eased the interval between the two doses to 6 weeks. The Hajj committee chairman requested the government to include the pilgrims in the priority list of vaccine and add passport number in the vaccine certificate.

Following this, the high-level meeting was held under the minister.

Among the pilgrims, those who received foreign vaccines like Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will have the facility to update the details on the website. They have to inform the vaccine details to the Hajj committee.

Earlier, only those who took Covishield and COVAXIN had the opportunity to update the details on the website.

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