Saudi Scouts support COVID-19 vaccinations

Submitted by NGooderson on Thu, 04/08/2021 - 09:23
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In every Region and Province, when you enter one of the health centres allocated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Health for your two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, it's likely you'll come face to face (or rather mask to mask!) with Saudi Scout Leaders and Rovers! These Scouts are there to support the various vaccination procedures in place , serving alongside staff of the Ministry of Health, providing  guidance, helping the elderly to move around and directing cars in the parking areas in the centres for people who have booked their appointments via the local application "My Health".

The Scouts are motivated by their desire to support the national efforts of the country to address the global pandemic, in line with  the principles and objectives of Scouting, which emphasise the importance of helping others and serving the community. They are armed with a strong sense of social responsibility and the necessity to boost community spirit in the face of this crisis.

Scouts supporting this work can also log their volunteer service hours with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development and of the Ministry of Health, as well as with Scouting as part of the "Messengers of Peace" initiative and "Scouts for SDGs" campaign to deliver 4 Billion hours worldwide by 2030.

The Scouts work in partnership with the National Centre for the promotion of mental health and wellbeing of citizens as well as with the Ministry of Health, in particular during Hajj and Umrah seasons, mainly in Mecca, the holy places and Medinah.