No jab, no entry: Unvaccinated individuals can't enter public places

The latest regulations…

From August 1, only those who are vaccinated will be allowed to enter public places in Saudi Arabia, according to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.

Those without a vaccine will be barred from entering commercial centres, workplaces, malls, wholesale and retail stores, restaurants and cafes, supermarkets, recreational facilities, sporting activities, and salons.

Vaccination with at least one dose of the Saudi-approved vaccines or recovery from infection of the virus will be a mandatory prerequisite to enter those places.

To enter, you will need to show proof of vaccination on your Tawakkalna application.

Approved vaccines in the Kingdom are AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna.

“In line with the ministry’s efforts to protect the public’s health, vaccination is required to enter public and private facilities while complying with precautionary measures to maintain public health,” the ministry tweeted.

Last month, the ministry lowered the age to include children ages 12 to 18 years to receive the vaccine in Saudi Arabia – a move that is expected to speed up the vaccination drive in the country.

The Kingdom recorded 1,256 new Covid-19 cases yesterday (Saturday, July 24), bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 516,949.

Out of the total number of cases, 10,829 remain active, and 1,385 people are in critical condition.

Riyadh reported 280 cases, and the Eastern Province with 170 cases.

The MoH reiterated its call on the public to adhere to the preventive measures, abide by the guidelines, and encourage residents to register for the vaccine.

So far, more than 70 per cent of the Kingdom’s adult population have been vaccinated, and more than 24 million doses of the vaccine have been administered across the Kingdom at 587 centres.

Those who wish to receive the vaccine can book an appointment through Sehaty and Tawakkalna applications.

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