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Gulf Today Report
Saudi Arabia has decided to make vaccination a ‘mandatory condition’ for the face-to-face return of public and private sector employees.
The ministry of human resources and social development said on Friday that employees will only be allowed to return to their workplace in person once vaccinated against COVID-19.
The ministry urged workers to "begin the process" to get a jab.
The Saudi health ministry has so far administered more than 10 million coronavirus vaccine doses, in a country with a population of over 34 million.
The kingdom has reported more than 423,000 coronavirus infections and more than 7,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
On Sunday, the government said it will permit citizens immunised against COVID-19 to travel abroad from May 17.
The interior ministry said three categories of people would be considered immunised - those who have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, those administered a single dose at least 14 days prior to travel, and people who have recovered from the infection within the previous six months.
Last month, Saudi Arabia permitted only people immunised against COVID-19 to perform the year-round umrah pilgrimage from the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Abdulrahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, says country is approaching 7 million vaccines in more than 205 medical centres in different regions of the country.
Some activities will remain banned, including weddings and corporate meetings. Social gatherings will continue to be limited to a maximum of 20 people, SPA said, citing an interior ministry source.
Saudi Arabia has extended by 20 days restrictions on entertainment activities, gatherings, and dine-in restaurant services to curb the spread of coronavirus.
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