Saudi Arabia to allow only vaccinated back to workplace


Saudi Arabia said Friday that employees will only be allowed to return to their workplace in person once vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccination will become a “mandatory condition” for the face-to-face return of public and private sector employees, the ministry of human resources and social development said in a statement, urging workers to “begin the process” to get a jab.

The health ministry said it has 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.

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