The Ministry of Health govt of Cyprus announced that both doses of COVID-19 and flu will be administered simultaneously. This drive will begin on October 2.
According to the statement issued by the health ministry, the all vulnerable groups will be covered.
There will be no issue of age, rather main focus will be the protection of vulnerable groups belonging to any age group.
Popi Kanari, currently holding the Ministry of Health, said almost 84.9 per cent of the population in the EU already gets their booster dose.
This percentage is of those above 60 years of age. They received their first booster dose by August 2023.
She also added that now only people with serious illnesses will be covered in the starting phase. A health ministry official also asserted that the vaccination drive will cover those who got their appointment done.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) also evolved a strategy to cover the maximum number of people who are most vulnerable to chronic health ailments. In cases of reported seasonal flu cases, healthy children and adolescents will be covered on a priority basis, along with adult health professionals, to reduce the risk of infectiousness.
The health ministry also clarified that Cyprus, a European Union member, has no difficulty in accessing the latest COVID-19 vaccine.
The ministry also announced that 700,000 doses will be available by early October, and overall, 158,400 numbers of vaccines are expected to received soon .
It added that Cyprus has also ordered shipments of the Novavax jab, which will be delivered as soon as it receives approval from the EMA.
As for flu jabs, the ministry said existing contracts allow for 170,000 dozes and that 30,000 dozes are of the new Efluelda vaccine and will be given only to people aged above 70 years as recommended by the national advisory committee.