School vaccination campaign resumes Sunday

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Education, in coordination with the National Center for Security and Crisis Management and the Ministry of Health, said it was resuming a campaign on Sunday to vaccinate 972,400 students in grades 7–12 at all public schools across the Kingdom, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Education Ministry Undersecretary for Administrative and Financial Affairs Najwa Qbeilat said that the campaign targets students who have obtained their parents' written approval to get the shot. Those students now total 43,000, and the number is expected to rise after the resumption of classroom education for the second semester on February 20.

Qbeilat said that the ministry has designated 42 vaccination centers in its directorates, adding that the education and health ministries have teams that will jointly kick off the vaccination campaign according to a schedule to be disseminated to schools, students and parents.

She said that 172,445 students, 17.73 percent of the target group, have received the first dose of the vaccine and 124,422, 12.7 percent, have been double-jabbed in addition to 257 who got the third booster shot. 112,669 out of 134,000 Tawjihi students have received the vaccine, 66,888 have taken the first dose, 45,652 the second and 129 the third.

The resumption of the school vaccination process is part of the ministry's intent to continue classroom education during the second semester and in light of the importance of immunization to curb the spread of the coronavirus and mitigate infection rates.

Qbeilat urged parents to encourage their children to receive the vaccine for their own safety and the safety of their colleagues and teachers, as well as to guarantee the continuation of classroom education across the Kingdom's schools.

The ministry earlier launched intensive awareness campaigns on health protocols and the need to take the vaccine ahead of the return to the classroom.

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