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Vaccination for Hajj to Start Next Week

The Iranian Red Crescent Society's Medical Procurement Organisation has already supplied 55,000 doses of vaccine needed by the Iranian Hajjis and will increase this amount to 100,000 doses of vaccine over the next few days, with the rest being in place and "there is no problem in procurement of vaccination for pilgrims" according to Head of the Hajj and pilgrimage medical centre. From next week, pilgrimage caravans can also go to the locations designated by the Iranian Red Crescent to get their needed vaccination for Hajjis.

According to doctors of the Iranian Red Crescent, there are some restrictions for travelling advanced heart failure patients, pregnant women, cancer patients, patients with advanced restrictive lung diseases and advanced liver diseases to Saudi Arabia.

The total number of healthcare team members of the Iranian Red Crescent Society in Mecca and Medina will be 580 people this year, and 400 types and forms of medicines and medical supplies will be sent to Saudi Arabia as previous years. 

This year only some medicines such as serums and syrups due to their volume and weight will be purchased in Saudi Arabia. A healthcare team of the Iranian Red Crescent will also be despatched to Saudi Arabia on 4 July to check their hospitals and medical equipments in Mecca and Medina cities.

The doctors who are going to provide pilgrims with medical services are identified in different provinces and have been introduced to the Hajj caravans, among whom some doctors will be selected and deployed. The Red Crescent Hospitals and medical centres in Mecca and Medina will provide pilgrimage with required healthcare services during the Hajj pilgrimage. 

Millions of Muslims from around the world annually arrive in Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina, to do their Hajj pilgrimage, a central pillar of the Islamic faith that re-enacts the actions of the Prophet Muhammad from more than 1,400 years ago. The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th (or in some cases 13th) of Dhi al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar.