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Aqaba Governorate vaccination rate one of highest in Jordan — Aqaba Director of Health

Abbas stated on Wednesday that the Aqaba Governorate vaccination rate increased after the government issued Defense Order 32 and implemented it on August 5, mandating unvaccinated employees to show a
Abbas stated on Wednesday that the Aqaba Governorate vaccination rate increased after the government issued Defense Order 32 and implemented it on August 5, mandating unvaccinated employees to show a negative PCR test every week. (Photo: Freepik)
AMMAN — According to a press statement by Aqaba’s Director of Health Adnan Abbas, more than 83,000 Aqaba Governorate residents received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 61,473 residents received the second dose. With 80 percent of its residents inoculated, the Aqaba Governorate has one of the highest vaccination rates in Jordan.  اضافة اعلان

Abbas stated on Wednesday that the Aqaba Governorate vaccination rate increased after the government issued Defense Order 32 and implemented it on August 5, mandating unvaccinated employees to show a negative PCR test every week.

Abbas added that it is expected that the number of vaccinated Aqaba residents will hit 100,000 by the end of August.

To speed up the inoculation process, the Ministry of Health has opened 16 vaccination centers in the governorate, some of which are in Wadi Araba and Al-Muzafer, according to Abbas. Health workers at each center conduct rapid COVID-19 tests and welcome walk-ins for vaccinations. 

Abbas contended that Aqaba owes its high vaccination rate to several factors, including that the fact that it is typically thronged with tourists and workers. The health measures imposed by the Ministry of Health were also implemented with precision and professionalism, he said.

Abbas added that health cadres in Aqaba were able to vaccinate 18 percent of students in the governorate (or 3,370 school students out of 18,313, age group 12 to 18 years). He also called on parents to encourage their children to receive the vaccine to ease the process of returning to in-person education.

Regarding those who may experience allergic reactions to the vaccine, Abbas said that it was agreed to dedicate a team of doctors at Prince Hashem Military Hospital who would follow up on those cases and offer them advice.

In turn, several citizens who received the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine praised the Aqaba Governorate Health Directorate’s health workers and the governorate’s handling of the pandemic, according to Abbas.

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