The finding that the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination are multiple has been recorded in recent weeks in the epidemiological data of our country. With the number of cases having stabilized in double digits and the positivity rate being close to 0.2%, the collective effort that is underway to build the wall of immunity is showing its positive effects.
The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) and the European Commission are ringing the bell in the Member States to speed up their vaccination program, noting that vaccinations can provide protection against mutations in the virus. The ECDC is concerned about the emergence of the British and Indian strains, which have been shown to cause aggressive transmission of the virus in the absence of adequate shielding of the vaccinated population.
As the English population in Cyprus prevails in the community, the need to increase vaccination coverage becomes imperative, with an emphasis on younger people who have more intense social activity and therefore increased exposure to the virus. In particular, in view of the summer season where the mobility and travel of citizens is expected to increase, efforts are focused on minimizing the chances of transmission of the Indian variant to the community, in order to avoid the burden of epidemiological indicators and the deterioration of the epidemiological picture.
According to the data of the Ministry of Health, the percentage of those vaccinated with at least the 1st dose is at a very high percentage in people aged 70 and over, while the vaccination of the age groups 40-49, 50-59 and 60-69 is progressing quite satisfactorily. In addition, there is a significant increase in the last week in the age group of 30-39. However, the percentage of people who received at least the first dose between the ages of 18-29 remains low and steady.
The low vaccination coverage in the population aged 18-29 is also reflected in the percentage of cases detected daily, with most new COVID cases being detected mainly in people under the age of 30. Case studies show that a very high percentage of close to 95% have not been vaccinated, which makes them more susceptible to the virus and mutations, increasing the risk of serious disease.
In relation to the vaccination coverage at least with the 1st dose per Province, Paphos remains first with 66.5%, followed by the Province of Nicosia with 59.8%, Famagusta with 57.3% and the Provinces of Larnaca and Limassol with 54.8% and 54.6% respectively.
Overall, as of June 11, 58.8% have been vaccinated with the first dose and 39% have completed their vaccination regimen, receiving either the two doses of AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer or the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine.
Arranging an appointment
Regarding the appointment process, it is reminded that the Vaccination Portal will remain open until Monday afternoon for people aged 40 and over. In the first 24 hours (from yesterday morning when the Gate opened until this morning), the 12,210 appointments had been arranged out of the 22,470 that had been made available. Finally, it is noted that on Tuesday, the Vaccination Portal is expected to reopen for beneficiaries aged 18-39.
With vaccination we take our lives back and help keep epidemiological indicators on a path of improvement. The result of the positive course is the return to more normal conditions, which allow the economic activity of companies for the benefit of society as a whole. At the same time, and given that the economy of our country relies heavily on tourism, every citizen who is vaccinated contributes to the creation of those conditions that will promote our country as a safe tourist destination.
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