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Private hospitals to help up vaccinations to 100,000 a day

Gov’t plans to start opening up sectors, removing curfew measures in July

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Minister of State and government spokesperson Sakher Dudin speaks to the press in Amman on April 25, 2021. (Photo: Ameer Khalifah/Jordan News)
AMMAN — As the country eagerly awaits loosened lockdown restrictions, private hospitals move to start providing the COVID-19 vaccination. اضافة اعلان

Fawzi Al-Hammouri, the head of Jordan’s Private Hospitals Association, announced that private hospitals will begin providing vaccinations for free through the vaccination platform (vaccine.jo) next week.

“Our aim is to be able to provide vaccines for every citizen,” Hammouri told Jordan News. “By providing the vaccines in private hospitals, we will be able to ease the process and reach even more people, especially those who already have files in certain private hospitals.”

Head of the Health Committee at Lower House, Ahmad Sarahneh, told Jordan News, that “cooperating with private hospitals will be of great help to reach bigger numbers of vaccinated citizens, and it will also ease the burden off of health centers. I firmly believe that vaccines are the only key that will get the country back on its feet.”

Although Minister of State for Media Affairs, Sakhr Dudin, announced in Sunday’s press conference that around 10 million vaccines are currently available in the country, only 1.2 million people have registered for the vaccine platform so far. The Ministry of Health has stated that it hopes to vaccinate 6 million people in order to reach herd immunity and return to normalcy.

Hammouri hopes that providing the vaccines in private hospitals is the first step to accomplish that goal. “Our plan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Crisis Management, is to give 100,000 jabs a day. In order to reach that number, we need to increase vaccination centers all around the country. However, the most essential step is for citizens to get vaccinated,” he said, adding that unwillingness of citizens to register “will keep us from moving forward.”

Dudin also stressed in the conference that it is “important to strike a balance between citizens’ health and the economy,” suggesting that a plan to completely open the sectors and return to normal life might be implemented on July 1st. He said that vaccinations will be needed to accomplish that plan.

MP Khalil Attieh, the head of the Parliamentary Committee in charge of following up on the House of Representatives’ recommendations related to the effects of the pandemic, also said in the conference that the aim of the government parliament meeting was to “remind the government of the House’s and the committee’s demands to open all sectors to mitigate the severe damage which they have suffered.”

He also requested that the government make decisions on Monday to open all sectors while taking the required precautions to control the epidemiological situation as part of the country’s “partial opening” before proceeding to a full opening on July 1st if all goes according to plan.

Attieh also stated that “the majority of deputies requested that Taraweeh prayers are held and restaurants are open on the days when the lockdown was in effect” and that “the government’s action would be subject to Parliament’s oversight.”

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