COVID-19 Vaccine Compensation for Refugees in Jordan

Why is UNHCR providing this compensation?

UNHCR is urging all refugees in Jordan to receive their COVID-19 vaccine, to protect themselves from serious illness and limit the spread of the virus. Knowing that the vaccines are being administered by the Jordanian Ministry of Health and the National Center for Security and Crisis Management, UNHCR is supporting the national efforts by providing refugees with mobile vaccination units at the UNHCR Registration Centres in Amman, Irbid and Mafraq, as well as in Azraq and Zaatari Camps.

UNHCR is providing a compensation to all out of camps (urban) refugees who received their two doses of the vaccine, to compensate for the cost of transport to and from any given vaccination point.

If I received the two doses of the vaccine, will I receive the amount?

Yes. UNHCR is coordinating with the National Center for Security and Crisis Management to extract the data of individuals who received the vaccine and provide this incentive to them. UNHCR will communicate by SMS to all eligible individuals once the compensation is uploaded and ready for withdrawal from Cairo Amman Bank or their mobile wallets. Please do not approach the bank or Umniah shops until you receive a notification SMS from UNHCR. UNHCR can only provide this compensation to registered refugees in urban (i.e. outside of camps).

We are a family size of X, and only 2 of us received the vaccine. Will we all receive this compensation?

 

No. UNHCR is providing this compensation to:

  • Active individuals on the file, registered with UNHCR (asylum seeker or refugee)
  • Individuals that are 12 years of age of older
  • Individuals that are vaccinated

If your family size is X, every family member received the vaccine, then each family member will receive the compensation. If your family size is X, and a number of them only received the vaccine, only the vaccinated individuals will receive the compensation. The compensation will be paid at the household level to the principal applicant or designated cash collector.

I am fully vaccinated. How can I find out if I will receive the compensation?

UNHCR is coordinating with the National Center for Security and Crisis Management to extract the data of individuals who received the vaccine and provide this incentive to them. If you are fully vaccinated (2 doses), and haven’t received an SMS from UNHCR, please click here to update your vaccination status on your file. Also, if you changed your phone number recently, please call the UNHCR Helpline as soon as possible to update your information to allow us to get in touch with you. You can update your phone number through the Interactive Voice Response, without the need to speak to an agent, by selecting the ‘contact change option’ from the menu.

When will the compensation be distributed?

This incentive will be distributed starting in December 2021, in a staggered approach – meaning on different batches – to prevent crowding at ATMs and banks, and to protect you from any risks. Please do not approach the bank until you receive a notification SMS from UNHCR.

If you receive your vaccine doses after December, please note that UNHCR will be uploading the upcoming batches of assistance throughout January 2022

How will the compensation be distributed?

This compensation will be uploaded to your virtual account at the Cairo Amman Bank, or your mobile wallet (if you have one). You can withdraw this amount as per the standard method you’re used to: iris scan, or ATM card, or through mobile wallet

Will I receive the compensation alone, or along with other assistances?

If you are receiving a monthly cash assistance, or a winter cash assistance, or a COVID-19 emergency assistance: UNHCR will upload this compensation along with the assistance you receive, on one go.

If you are not receiving any type of cash assistance from UNHCR: UNHCR will upload this compensation separately and alert you via SMS when it is ready to withdraw

How can I receive the vaccine at the mobile vaccination unit present at the UNHCR Registration Centre?

UNHCR, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the National Center for Security and Crisis Management has deployed a mobile vaccination unit at the UNHCR Registration Centres in Amman, Irbid and Mafraq, as well as Azraq and Zaatari Camps. Anyone with an appointment for renewal, registration, refugee status determination, resettlement, protection counselling, or any other service at UNHCR, may receive the vaccine on the spot when visiting the Registration Centre

Do I have to receive the compensation only if I received the vaccine at the mobile vaccination units present at UNHCR Registration Centres?

No. UNHCR, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the National Center for Security and Crisis Management has deployed mobile vaccination units at the UNHCR Registration Centres to support the national efforts and to facilitate access of refugees to the COVID-19 vaccine. All vaccines are administered by the Ministry of Health and the National Center for Security and Crisis Management. If you receive the vaccine at any identified vaccination unit or centre by the Ministry of Health, you will be eligible to receive the incentive

The bank does not disburse amounts unless they are multiples of 5 (5, 10, 15, 20…). How can I withdraw the full amount?

UNHCR will be uploading the compensation at household level, depending on the number of vaccinated individuals per family/file. Additionally, the amount will be rounded to make the amount in multiple of 5s to help you withdraw the full amount.

Why are refugees residing in camps not eligible for the vaccine compensation?

This compensation is for refugees residing in urban areas (outside the camps) as a compensation for the transport cost to the nearest vaccination centre

I have a medical condition so can’t receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Is there any possibility of receiving the compensation?

The compensation is only for those who took the vaccine as a compensation for their transportation costs to the closest vaccination centre

I took the vaccine after 24th of November, when the compensation will be released?

If you received your second dose of the vaccine after November 24, 2021, the compensation will be released in January. Please update your vaccination status by clicking here so that UNHCR is aware of your vaccination.

The compensation that I have received is less than the actual amount of money for the number of number of individuals vaccinated in my family, why?

The compensation amount is 7.5 JODs per vaccinated individual, with UNHCR rounding up to the nearest 5 JODs so that refugees can withdraw the money from the bank/ATM.

If you received less than the estimated amount, please click here and fill out the form with the details for each vaccinated individual in your file or family so that UNHCR can provide you with the remaining compensation for other vaccinated individuals.

What does the individual number in the Asylum Seeker Certificate means and where is it located?

Individual IDs are made up of 11 digits and a dash symbol (-), for a total of 12 digits with no letters (example: 123-12345678).

If you’re the focal point of the family, you can find your individual ID number under the barcode in the upper right corner of the Asylum Seeker Certificate. For the other members of the family, the individual ID for the can be found in the lower left corner of the Asylum Seeker Certificate.