A guide to COVID-19 vaccination in Jordan

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AMMAN — As of today, there is no cure for the novel Coronavirus, but breakthroughs in medicine have allowed for inoculation against the disease. To date, 2.69 million people in Jordan have been fully vaccinated, making up 26.6 percent of the population. The Kingdom has authorized the distribution of four vaccines — Pfizer/BioNTech(RNA), Gamaleya, Oxford/AstraZeneca, and Sinopharm — to those who are 12 and above.اضافة اعلان

If you did not receive your first or second dose of the vaccine, or if you received your first jab outside of Jordan and do not know how to schedule your second, here’s where to start:

There are 29 main vaccination centers and 45 secondary centers operating in Jordan. Any person above the age of 12 is eligible to receive the vaccine in the Kingdom, regardless of nationality or residency status.

If you are a Jordanian national who did not receive a vaccine and are unsure where to begin, you can visit the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan's Ministry of Health website to register for a vaccine appointment. The appointment will ensure you receive a jab at a set time. To register as a Jordanian national, you must enter your national number. Next, choose a healthcare center located near you, state your sector, and declare any pre-existing health conditions you may have. After you sign the consent form, enter a valid phone number to receive your appointment alert. You will receive a notification with details regarding your vaccine appointment. Vaccination priority is based on several factors including preexisting conditions, age, and the sector you work in. The Ministry of Health has also approved walk-in vaccination services. If you do not wish to set an appointment, you may visit any health center to receive your dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you do choose to book an appointment, be sure to bring your National ID, and proof of affiliation with a specific work sector (a professional ID, for example). If you happen to have a preexisting condition or are immunocompromised, bring medical reports with you for a medical practitioner to assess upon your arrival. Instructions will subsequently be given to you by the vaccination team for your second dose, should you require one. An SMS with a link to your vaccination certificate will be sent to the phone number you initially listed after you receive the intended number of doses.

There is no option to choose which one of the four vaccines you want to take. The jabs are distributed based on the health center's quantity.

If you are a non-Jordanian who wants to be vaccinated in Jordan, the aforementioned process applies with slight variations. Because you do not have a Jordanian national number, upon registering, you must enter your passport number and date of birth. When you arrive for your appointment, make sure to bring your passport with you, as well as a work ID and any reports/ proof of preexisting medical conditions you may have. The rest of the process remains the same for nationals and non-nationals. At your appointment, maintain proper preventative safety measures by practicing social distancing and wearing a face mask or face covering over your nose and mouth.

If you do not have a National ID, a personal number on your passport, or a service card issued by the Ministry of Interior, a hotline has been set up by the National Centre for Security and Crises Management to assist you with your registration.

A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will only be administered to certain groups of people including cancer patients, kidney transplant patients, bone marrow transplant patients, those who are HIV/AIDS positive, and people who are immunocompromised.

Vaccines are not recommended for children under 12, those who are severely immunocompromised, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or people with known allergies. Individuals who find themselves in one of these categories can take the vaccine at their own discretion.

If you have previously contracted the virus, it is advised to wait three months before taking any vaccine.

According to The Ministry of Health, "Any individual on Jordanian soil is eligible to receive the vaccine, and it is free-of-charge."

To keep up with any updates about COVID-19, vaccines, or the vaccination process in the Kingdom, check the Ministry of Health’s website.

To book a vaccination appointment online:

Step 1 — Visit the Ministry of Health website. To register as a Jordanian national, you must enter your national number. If you’re not Jordanian, enter your personal/passport number.

Step 2 — Choose a healthcare center located near you, state your sector, and declare any preexisting health conditions you may have.

Step 3 — After you sign the consent form, enter a valid phone number to receive your appointment alert.

Step 4 — Visit the center on the day of your appointment to receive your vaccine. If you have preexisting conditions, make sure to notify the staff at the center.

Step 5 — Download your vaccination certificate via the link sent to you by the Ministry of Health.

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