Published: 2021-04-05 17:52
Last Updated: 2021-04-11 15:55
Two health experts confirmed that Jordan will witness a third COVID-19 wave in September. The experts said the government should start preparing for the third wave immediately.
Infectious disease specialist, Montaser Al-Belbisi told Roya’s Donya Ya Donya that he expects the third wave to begin after the reopening of schools at the beginning of September.
In order to limit the spread of the third wave, Belbisi said “We have four months to vaccinate all teachers and school administrators, during which all school staff must be vaccinated, so that schools can reopen their doors.”
Belbisi added that Pfizer had previously announced that its vaccine is effective in young people between the ages of 12 and 18, therefore all students in these age groups must be vaccinated before the reopening of schools.
He indicated that the start of the two previous waves was directly related to the reopening of schools, and although experts advised the Ministry of Education (MoE) to close schools, the MoE insisted to continue with in-person education.
Belbisi stressed that in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the largest possible number of people should get vaccinated.
He called for increasing vaccination rates in Jordan to reach 60,000 people per day, stressing that before the end of August, 60 percent of citizens and residents of the country should be vaccinated.
He said that Jordan is a small country, and can accomplish the task of vaccination easily, with the help of the private sector.
For his part, the specialist in epidemiological statistics, Maan Adassi, said that we have six painful weeks ahead of us until the curve is flattened, however, this scenario is uncertain, as the behavior of the virus is related to the citizens' adherence to health requirements.