Saudi Scouts contribute to the organization of Covid-19 vaccination centres

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by Arab Scout Region from Egypt
Publication date: 9th Mar 2021

When entering one of the health centres allocated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's  Ministry of Health, in all regions and provinces, for taking the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination, one will meet the Scout Leaders and Rovers of the Saudi Arabia Scouts Association. These Scouts are there assisting in organizing and facilitating procedures for citizens and residents in those centres.  Scouts provide that service in collaboration with the staff of the Ministry of Health as they give guidance and counseling, help the elderly to move around and organize the cars in parking areas in each centre for people who have received prior appointments through the local application "My Health".

The Scouts are motivated by their desire to support the national efforts of the country in addressing the global pandemic, depending on the principles, objectives and method of the Scout Movement, which emphasize the importance of helping others and serving the community through moral support and logistics to the authorities. They are armed by their sense of social responsibility and the necessity of enhancing the community in the face of this crisis.

In addition, participants in this mission can add their hours of volunteering to platforms of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development and of the Ministry of Health, as well as Scouting's "Messengers of Peace" initiative. Thus, they increase the hours of voluntary work and take advantage of those hours in getting the benefits of each platform. 

It is noteworthy that many partnerships have formed between the Scout Association and the Ministry of Health, during Hajj and Umrah seasons mainly in Mecca, the holy places and Medinah. A partnership contract was signed in June 2020, between the Scout Association and the National Center for the promotion of mental health and wellbeing of citizens.

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