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Defense Order No. 32 met with mixed reactions

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh (Photo: Jordan News)
Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN – On Saturday, Minister of State for Media Affairs and government spokesperson Sakher Dudin said that Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh had issued Defense Order No. 32.اضافة اعلان

The new defense order regulates the working abilities of individuals who have not taken a COVID-19 vaccine — and reactions to the new rules have been mixed.

The new order requires the unvaccinated to receive a PCR test twice a week or face a heavy fine. But some citizens criticized what they said is an attempt to force citizens to take the vaccine against their will.

However, others speaking to Jordan News suggested that the new decision will encourage people to get vaccinated and will contribute to fighting the pandemic.

The order has already changed some individual’s plans to get vaccinated. Farah Al-Omar, an employee at a private company, told Jordan News that "some of my friends got sick right after taking the first dose of the vaccine. That is why I did not want to take the vaccine but after the latest defense order I decided to take it — I have no other choice."

"I was deprived from going to the cinema and to the gym because I have not taken the vaccine, but I did not care,” she said.

"Personally, I am not convinced of the importance of the vaccine or its effectiveness but now the matter is different because my job is a priority for me and I do not want to lose it."

The Jordan Food and Drug Administration has evaluated all of the COVID-19 vaccines available in the Kingdom and said that they are safe and effective.

Alternately, Mohammad Mubaideen, an employee in the governmental sector, told Jordan News that "I want to thank the government for taking such a great decision that will encourage people to take the vaccine and which will help in getting rid of the pandemic in a safe and a guaranteed way."

"I still do not understand why people are afraid of taking the vaccine,” said Mubaideen. “I have taken the two doses of Pfizer and I have not gotten any side effects. Honestly, I am even feeling better now that the chance of me getting the virus has decreased.
“The pandemic had affected everyone significantly and now is the time to stop this calamity."

Rawan Yousef, a university student said that "taking the vaccine is certainly better than doing a PCR test twice a week"
"Right after Eid Al-Adha, I will go and take the vaccine. This defense order has encouraged me take it; I was not afraid of taking it honestly, but I was waiting for the right time to take it and I assume this is the time."

Youssef added that most of her friends and colleagues have already taken the vaccine.

"Regarding my experience with doing a PCR test, I can say that it was painful," she said. "I had to do it once when I felt the symptoms of COVID-19 to make sure if I really was sick or not. I cannot imagine myself doing it twice a week — that would be really hard and painful for me."

Dina Mohammad, an employee at a private company, told Jordan News that "when the vaccines were released, our government announced that it will never be mandatory. But I can tell after such a defense order that it is mandatory actually."

Mohammad was seemingly responding to Dudin’s comments; on Sunday, the official emphasized in another statement to local media that the government is not forcing anyone to take the COVID-19.

"I cannot understand how the government wants to oblige us to take the vaccine while it is still new and we are not sure of its side effects,” she said. "Personally, I have a very weak body, I cannot take any type of medication or vaccination or I will get immediately ill. My body does not bear strong medications."

"As for having a PCR test — well, I have not experienced one before but I assume it is still better than injecting vaccines inside my body," she said. "The biggest obstacle is that both choices are bad. Why not just let people wear their masks, commit to social distancing, sterilization, and that is it?”

A total of 2,669,400 people have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Jordan since the inoculation campaign began.

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