Hayajneh urges vaccinating school, university students against COVID-19


Published: 2021-11-21 12:34

Last Updated: 2021-11-27 14:00

Hayajneh urges vaccinating school, university students against COVID-19
Hayajneh urges vaccinating school, university students against COVID-19

The former head of the coronavirus portfolio at the Ministry of Health Wael Hayajneh confirmed Friday that vaccinating school and university students has now become a necessity.

In a Facebook post, Hayajneh said that now after the reopening of schools and universities across the country, vaccinating students is a must.

Hayajneh also explained that reaching herd immunity in light of the spread of the Delta mutation requires vaccinating at least 80 percent of the community.

He indicated that the percentage of the age group from 5-24 years in Jordan reached 45 percent, which is a high percentage, and without vaccinating them “we simply cannot reach herd immunity without involving these groups in the vaccination program against the virus."

Since the beginning of the coronavirus vaccination campaign in Jordan, a total of 3,667,344 have been fully vaccinated against the virus.

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Earlier Sunday, a source in the Epidemics Committee suggested that one of the strict COVID-19 measures that will be issued by the Supreme Framework Committee later Sunday will be to impose partial lockdowns on those who have not been vaccinated against the virus. However, this will happen in the event that occupancy rates in hospitals reach a certain percentage, according to what the source expected.

The source told Roya that the new measures will also include issuing a new mechanism to monitor the period of home-quarantine for those infected with the coronavirus, in addition to imposing fines on those who attend public places and the workplace without being vaccinated against the virus.

Regarding school students, the source clarified that the government is expected to start requiring receiving the vaccine for school students from the seventh grade to the twelfth grade if the student wishes to attend in-person education.

The source reiterated that the government is not considering returning to COVID-19 closures.

Saturday, the Minister of Health Feras Al-Hawari confirmed the readiness of the health sector in the Kingdom to deal with the current coronavirus situation.

Hawari also stressed during the meeting of the Supreme Framework Committee to deal with the coronavirus pandemic which was held at the Prime Ministry that the epidemiological situation does not call for returning to any forms of closures and lockdowns that were previously imposed.