The Cabinet held its regular session on Tuesday, in Baghdad, chaired by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.
The Cabinet session included a review of a Ministry of Health report on the COVID-19 pandemic and government developments in the areas of prevention and public health awareness to limit the spread of the COVID-19.
On this matter, the Cabinet agreed to:
1- Continue implementing the decision to vaccinate everyone working in shops, restaurants, malls, laboratories and other locations subject to health checks, considering it a prerequisite for renewing and granting health licenses while holding violators accountable by imposing fines. Facilities not complying will be closed on 1/9/2021.
2- Not to allow the following categories to attend sessions or courses and to consider them absent from work unless they bring in a vaccination card or a negative (PCR) test weekly for those who are not covered by the vaccine or can prove that they were infected and recovered during the previous three-month period (as supported by medical reports) starting from 1/9/2021 :
3- Require all government departments not to receive any visitors unless in compliance with what is stated in paragraph (2).
4- Require that union elections and conferences must announce prior to being held that anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not received a negative PCR test taken within the prior 72 hours will not be allowed to take part.
5- Require all Iraqis traveling outside of Iraq to present an international certificate of vaccination with the Covid-19 vaccine starting from 1/10/2021, in addition to meeting the requirements of the countries to which they want to travel.
6- Require having received at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine as a condition for obtaining an exception from the partial or full curfew