After Israel and UAE, Jordan Also Set to Vaccinate Children Over 12 Against COVID-19

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A volunteer tries to convince people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a medical center in Amman, in May.
A volunteer tries to convince people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at a medical center in Amman, in May.Credit: Muath Freij/Reuters
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Jordan will start vaccinating children aged 12 years and older against COVID-19 from Sunday, the state news agency said on Saturday.

Children can be given the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine with the approval of a guardian with no prior appointment necessary, the agency quoted the health ministry as saying.

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The decision comes as Jordan lifted most restrictions at the start of July, reopening gyms, pools and night clubs at hotels after cases dropped from a peak in March when several thousands of new cases were recorded daily.

Total active cases reached 7,489 on Friday with 331 new cases and four deaths.

Since the start of the pandemic, Jordan has recorded a total of 763,437 cases and 9,933 deaths.

Several other countries in the region are vaccinating children, including Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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