280,000 people receive COVID-19 booster shot

1. Balbisi Boosters
A health worker delivers a COVID-19 vaccine to a woman in this undated photo: (File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — A total of 280,000 people have received the booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Health revealed on Sunday.اضافة اعلان

Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health for Epidemiological Affair Adel Balbisi told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that the increased demand on vaccinations is "promising", calling on the public to receive their jab if they have not already done so, as “the booster shot reduces the severity of infection and death rate”.

He said the booster shot can be taken by those who have received both doses of the vaccine at least three months earlier to increase their immunity to 80 percent, especially against the Omicron variant. He said that two doses of the vaccine provide 40 percent immunity against the Omicron variant, while the third dose provides 80 percent against the variant.

The Ministry of Health, he indicated, is conducting tests on a large number of citizens to assess the pandemic curve and accordingly enforce any required measures to safeguard the health of Jordanians.

In separate remarks to Al-Ghad News, Balbisi said that the measures taken by the government have contributed to lowering the number of COVID-19 infections, adding that Jordan has transited the peak of the third (current) wave, and that COVID-19 cases have seen a gradual decline during the past few days.

According to Balbisi, there are at present only 850 hospitalized cases, which is an indicator of an epidemiological stability in Jordan.

Balbisi also assured that “it is okay to mix vaccines — the type of the two shots previously taken can be different from the booster”.

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