Vaccination campaign picks up pace

A healthcare worker gives a person with a disability the COVID-19 vaccine at Amman Sports City on April 1, 2021. (Photo: Amjafd Taweel/JNews)
AMMAN — The Ministry of Health texted 25,796 people with appointments to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday, the ministry announced. اضافة اعلان

As of April 1, More than 307,000 people had received their first dose of the vaccine, according to the National Center for Security and Crisis Management, while around 115,000 people received their second dose, and are now fully inoculated.

The center noted that people who registered on the Ministry of Health’s vaccination platform exceeded the 1 million mark.

Ahmad Sarahneh, head of the health committee at the lower house, told Jordan News that around 30 percent of people who are scheduled appointments to receive the vaccine do not show up to their appointments.

“We are trying to encourage Jordanians to take their vaccines, as only 70 percent of people who receive the texts actually show up,” he said.

Sarahneh added that the country is currently administered several types of vaccines, but the largest portion are given the Pfizer-NBiotech, as it is currently the most available.

After weeks of rising numbers of daily infection cases, averaging at 9,000 during the peak of the second coronavirus wave, the epidemiological situation has stabilized in the kingdom, according to Ghazi Sharkas, assistant secretary-general of the Ministry of Health.

Sharkas noted that the increasing registration on the online vaccination platform,, is “a positive sign”.

Sharkas urged citizens to not believe rumors and false information regarding the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, stressing that “there is no correlation between blood clots and the vaccine.”  

Likewise, Salameh encouraged people to seek out facts from a trusted source.

Rasha Salameh, a nurse at King Abdullah II Sports City, a vaccination center in Al-Quesmeh, said on Sunday that the center has never seen a bigger turnout in one day since the vaccination campaign began a couple of months ago.

The center vaccinated almost 1,000 out of 1,300 people who were scheduled to receive their shots on Sunday, Salameh told Jordan News.

She added that almost 60 additional people showed up unannounced, who did not have appointments to get vaccinated.