Committee to study cases of people unvaccinated due to medical conditions

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AMMAN — Adviser at the Prime Ministry for Epidemiological Affairs Adel Al-Balbisi said that the Ministry of Health formed a committee to study the medical cases of people who could not receive the vaccine due to health issues before Defense Order No. 35 comes into effect at the beginning of 2022, according to Jo24.اضافة اعلان

He said that the names of the committee members would not be made public to maintain the independence of their work and urged people who did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to their medical conditions to submit an application to the Ministry of Health that will study their cases, before the defense order gets into force.

Defense Order No. 35 makes it compulsory for people to have had two doses of the vaccine before being allowed to enter public sector institutions and private establishments.

Balbisi also said that there is no medical condition that should prevent one from being vaccinated, but the ultimate decision will be taken by the committee after studying the cases.

Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh had issued Defense Order No. 35 for 2021 to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Kingdom.

According to the defense order, public and private sector employees are not allowed to join work unless they have received two shots of a COVID-19 vaccine. The days they are not allowed to work shall be deducted from their annual leave; if they have no more annual leaves, they will be considered as being on unpaid leave, during which period they are not entitled to a salary.

According to Defense Order No. 35, the employee who allows any person over the age of 18 to enter public sector institutions without being vaccinated will be penalized as stipulated in the civil service system. The private sector facility that allows an employee in the facility to enter without having been vaccinated will be closed and will only be able to reopen once the contravention is corrected.

Defense Order No. 35 does not apply to persons who did not receive these two doses for medical reasons, by a decision of the Minister of Health, but these persons are obliged to present a negative PCR test, valid for 72 hours, upon entering public or private sector institutions.

As for pregnant women, doctors consider them a high-risk groups, so the vaccine protects them against infection and serious complications, said Balbisi, stressing that the vaccine poses no danger to the fetus.

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