Starting February 1, 2022, Saudi Arabia declared that the (third) booster dose of the Coronavirus vaccination will be required for entry into markets, centers, and commercial organizations.
The Ministry of Commerce indicated in a statement on the social networking site “Twitter” that the decision applies to everyone who has been 8 months or more since taking the second dose, as well as all age groups over 18 years old.
It further stated that control will be tightened in all facilities, marketplaces, and malls to prevent any excesses and that violators will face fines.
According to the “Tawakkalna” application, groups excused from receiving the vaccination will be excluded from this, and this measure coincides with new measures adopted by numerous countries in different parts of the world in response to the rapid spread of the new Coronavirus, “Omicron.”
The WHO had previously stated that the advent of “Omicron” posed a “very high” global risk, but that the rate of transmission and severity of the disease was unknown.
The organization’s Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, issued the warning at the outset of a conference of health ministers from the Group of Seven countries, which is intended to kick off negotiations on an international pact to prevent future epidemics.