99% of Egyptians in Saudi Arabia fully vaccinated, to receive boosters ahead of new COVID rules

Ahram Online , Friday 7 Jan 2022

Saudi Arabia will ban its nationals and expats, including Egyptians, from entering workplace and other facilities without proof of booster shots starting 1 February.

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File Photo: A man displays his details on his mobile phone using the Tawakkalna app, which was launched by Saudi authorities to track people infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as he enters the Al-Othaim market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 22, 2021. REUTERS

Adel Hanafi, spokesman of the Egyptian workers union in the Kingdom, told the Masrawy website on Thursday that nearly 99 percent of Egyptians living in Saudi Arabia have received their second vaccine shots, and many have begun to receive their booster shots.

He warned that those fail to receive booster shots will not be allowed entry to public places and other establishments.

A “fully vaccinated” status will require a booster shot confirmed through the Saudi government’s Tawakkalna app, which was launched last year to track infections, he said.

Saudi Arabia, which is currently seeing a notable spike in coronavirus cases, has fully vaccinated over 23 million people.

It has reimposed mandatory wearing of facemasks, physical distancing measures both indoors and outdoors and other measures in an effort to stem the spread of the virus.

Around nine millions Egyptians live abroad, according to official statistics agency CAPMAS, although unofficial statistics set the number at approximately 14 million.

Saudi Arabia is home to the majority of Egyptian expats, according to CAPMAS. 

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