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Unvaccinated account for 87 percent of COVID-related deaths — health officials

Man receives vaccination
(Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — “Unimmunized individuals” account for 87 percent of COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, and those who had “not taken” or “only received the first shot” of the vaccine accounted for 95 percent of COVID-19 fatalities recorded on Sunday, according to Ministry of Health Secretary-General Raed Shboul.اضافة اعلان

In remarks to Al-Mamlaka TV, Shboul said 82 percent of patients admitted to hospitals had not received the vaccine, reiterating the ministry’s call on citizens to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The Health Ministry on Monday called on those infected with COVID-19, and those who present symptoms consistent with COVID-19, to promptly visit the nearest health facility to prevent their health from worsening.

"People infected with the virus oftentimes delay their hospital visit to about 13–14 days after the onset of symptoms — including shortness of breath,” Shboul said.

While taking the two jabs is gradually becoming mandatory in Jordan and many countries across the world, Shboul said “the booster is not mandatory, but those who realize the seriousness of the disease should receive it (the third dose) without hesitation."

Other data released by the ministry showed that more than 900,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Jordan, ranking the Kingdom 57th globally and third in the Arab world (according to Worldometer website) in the number of people who have recovered from the virus

Iraq stands first in the Arab world and 21st globally with 2,050,033 recovered cases, followed by Morocco, which ranks 55th globally with 932,920 recovered cases. 

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