Vaccination program vaccinated 95% of first phase of national plan

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AMMAN — In an interview on Wednesday, September 13, the secretary-general Epidemics at the Ministry of Health, Raed Shboul, said that the Ministry had launched a nationwide vaccination campaign a month ago, which is being carried out in several stages. The first stage targets individuals who are either completely unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or who frequently move within their residence, while the following stages will focus on vaccinating schools, care homes, nurseries, shelters, and reform and rehabilitation centers.اضافة اعلان

The first phase, which aimed to vaccinate about 120,000 people, has already successfully vaccinated 95 percent of them, he added in his interview with Jordan News Agency, Petra.

He explained that the vaccines, provided for free for children of all nationalities, are approved by international health institutions and national medical committees and used worldwide.

History of the vaccination program
Since its inception in 1979, the national vaccination program has successfully reduced the incidence and spread of diseases in the Kingdom and lowered the rate of diseases and deaths among children, noted Shboul.

Jordan has accomplished numerous feats thanks to its implementation of this program, with the most notable being the cessation of transmission of the oral polio virus since 1992, the eradication of neonatal tetanus since 1995, and the management of other diseases that are transmitted, such as measles and rubella, he added.

Sights on the future
Shboul said that the ministry introduced more vaccines to provide better protection for children in recent years, such as the rotavirus and hepatitis A vaccines, and seeks to also include the pneumococcal vaccine and the chickenpox vaccine in the national vaccination program.