Health Minister speaks about COVID-19 variants in Jordan, vaccination

Jordan

Published: 2021-06-08 10:22

Last Updated: 2021-06-21 20:48


Health Minister speaks about COVID-19 variants in Jordan, vaccination
Health Minister speaks about  COVID-19 variants in Jordan, vaccination

Tuesday, the Minister of Health Feras al-Hawari said more than 100 people have tested positive for mutated variants of COVID-19 in Jordan. He added that 50 percent of cases are of the Indian mutation and the rest are of the Brazilian and South African variants.

Hawari noted that most of those infected with mutated variants were not vaccinated against the virus. He added that he expects an increase in the number of infections with mutated variants, especially amongst younger ages, stressing the importance of vaccination and compliance with health measures.

He said that the ministry's current goal is to close the gap between the number of those who registered on the ministry's official online vaccination platform and the number of those who received the vaccine. He noted that the difference is 900,000, and the Ministry is working on vaccinating those people as soon as possible. 

He said that the ministry's next vaccination goal is to reach the 2.5-3 million mark by early July, then the 4.5 million mark by early September.

He pointed out that the reopening of sectors will result in an increase in the number of daily coronavirus cases, adding that measures will be modified based on the COVID-19 situation in the Kingdom.

Regarding travel, he said that he understands people's desire to travel but it is not a priority. He explained saying "the priority is to protect citizens, reopen sectors and resume in-person education."

He said the decision to vaccinate children has not yet been made yet, stressing that even if it comes after the start of the school year, that will not be late.