Jordan starts Covid-19 vaccinations for refugees at Zaatari camp

Amman, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Jordan on Monday started vaccinating Syrian refugees living in the Zaatari camp, becoming one of the first countries in the world to include refugees in its coronavirus vaccine rollout, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday.

Lilly Carlisle, the spokesperson of the UNHCR in Jordan, told Efe that the Jordanian Health Ministry opened a vaccination center inside the refugee camp.

This is “the first anti-coronavirus vaccination center to be opened at a refugee camp in the world,” said Carlisle.

“Since the launch of the vaccination campaign in Jordan on 13 January, refugees in the camp were going to the city of Mafraq to get vaccines,” she added.

About 200 Syrian refugees so far received the first dose of the vaccine, while 120 had taken the second dose.

The UNHCR puts the number of registered Syrian refugees in Jordan at about 650,000. Nearly 80,000 of them live in the Zaatari camp.

“About 2,000 so far registered to receive the vaccine at Zaatari, 48 of them are scheduled to receive it today,” Carlisle said.

The opening of the vaccination center at Zaatari comes amid rising numbers of Covid-19 cases in Jordan.

Jordan has recorded 347,250 cases and 4,455 deaths, since the coronavirus pandemic broke out. EFE-EPA


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