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Campaign to Encourage Jordanians to Take COVID-19 Vaccine

Campaign to Encourage Jordanians to Take COVID-19 Vaccine

Saturday, 9 January, 2021 - 09:00
Jordanian police personnel guard at a checkpoint during the second day of a nationwide curfew, imposed for two days, amid fears of a rising number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in downtown Amman, Jordan October 17, 2020. Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

Officials in Jordan launched an awareness campaign to comfort people who fear to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which will soon arrive in Jordan, government sources revealed.

The vaccine is expected to be available in public hospitals within the next few days, according to Health Minister Nazir Obeidat.

The government seeks to provide the vaccine for the largest segment of the society, in line with the priorities it has previously set on the registration platform, targeting the elderly and those with chronic and respiratory diseases first.

However, only around 100,000 citizens have applied to receive the vaccine so far.

The Health Ministry will monitor the health condition of all recipients after vaccination, incase allergies occurred, said a member of the National Committee for Epidemics Dr. Osama Abu Atta in televised statements on Friday.

He called on people to come forward and apply to receive the vaccine, affirming its safety on people’s health.

Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine will be the first to arrive in Jordan, Abu Ata said, noting that it is a scientific breakthrough with more than 95 percent efficiency.

On Friday, Jordan recorded the lowest rate of positive tests at 4.48 percent only.

Deaths and infections have also decreased, in light of government decisions to gradually lift the curfew hours.

The Health Ministry reported 21 deaths, raising the death toll to 3,989 since the beginning of the pandemic.

It also recorded 1,092 new cases, raising the infection tally to 305,163.

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