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Sermons in Saudi mosques next Friday will focus on encouraging the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Image Credit: AP

Cairo: Saudi authorities have directed that the mosque sermons next Friday nationwide be devoted to encouraging the ongoing vaccination against COVID-19 in the kingdom, local media reported.

The pre-prayer sermons will focus on emphasising safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, urge the public to derive correct information from their reliable sources and shun false information, the Riyadh newspaper said.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Call has issued a relevant circular to its branches across the kingdom, the paper added.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia launched mass vaccinations against COVID-19 after receiving batches of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

On Friday, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was shown receiving the vaccine against the disease. Other senior officials followed suit, stressing safety of the vaccine.

Registration for the vaccine is available for Saudis and expatriates in the kingdom through the smart app “Sehhaty” by visiting

Saudi authorities have said the vaccine is provided for free for citizens and foreign residents.

Vaccination priority is given to those aged over 65, people at a high risk of infection due to their jobs, and those suffering from obesity, chronic diseases or immunity deficiency.