’95 percent’ of children have received routine vaccinations

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AMMAN — The rate of routine child inoculations has risen to more than 95 percent of the target categories under the national immunization program, according to Secretary-General for Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Affairs at the Ministry of Health Adel Belbisi, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

In a press statement Sunday, Belbisi affirmed the continued efforts made by the Ministry of Health to increase these inoculation rates in the governorates, with a percentage less than 95 percent.

The ministry pays “remarkable” attention to the process of vaccinating newborns up to school age to protect their health, he pointed out.

The ministry continues to provide vaccination services in the maternity and childhood departments in Jordan’s health centers, with the aim of reaching the targeted categories to raise immunization rates, according to Belbisi.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a “noticeable” decline during 2020 in the child immunization rates as a result of the nationwide lockdown in early March, Belbisi said.

The ministry, he noted, had resumed the process of child vaccination as soon as the country’s sectors began to reopen.

Referring to the ministry’s measures to achieve pre-pandemic immunization rates, he said this drive led to gradually increasing the number of inoculated children thanks to the intensified field and supervisory visits to governorate health directorates and centers.

A comprehensive evaluation of Jordan’s national immunization program was conducted, in cooperation and coordination with the World Health Organization, with the aim of identifying related challenges, he concluded.

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