The Bhiwandi Nizampur Municipal Corporation (BNMC) in Maharashtra‘s Thane district on Tuesday said people planning to go on Haj pilgrimage should have completed their COVID-19 vaccination, or else they will not be given vaccines against other diseases. A BNMC release said the Haj pilgrims from Bhiwandi will be inoculated at the civic vaccination centres in the town.
The vaccination will start from Tuesday and will be conducted three days in a week – on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Those above the age of three years will be given the QMMV (Quadrivalent Meningococcal Meningitis Vaccine) and those above 65 will also be given the SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) vaccine. All the pilgrims will be given the OPV (Oral Poliovirus Vaccine), a BNMC spokesperson said.
All the pilgrims have to undergo the RTPCR test and those found positive for coronavirus will not be given other vaccines, the release said. All the pilgrims should have completed their COVID-19 vaccination, or else they will not be given the other vaccines, it said. Those above the age of 60 will be given nasal vaccines. The pilgrims will be vaccinated two weeks prior to undertaking the journey, the release added.