The Minister of Health, Michalis Hadjipandella, characterized last night's events in the “DIAS” Group as unacceptable and condemnable.
The Minister was speaking on the sidelines of his visit to the Vaccination Center of the State Exhibition.
“As I said on Friday, our culture is not divisive, we can not be divided into camps for the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. “We are ready to listen to our compatriots who have some concerns to be vaccinated, and to persuade them to be vaccinated, if they decide,” said the Minister.
For the convenience of citizens wishing to be vaccinated, the Minister of Health announced that next Saturday in Paphos, along with a rapid test sampling point, there will be a mobile vaccination unit for those citizens who wish to proceed with vaccination. Also present will be a gynecologist, a church representative, an epidemiologist, who will be on site to answer citizens' questions and allay their concerns.
If they are not convinced, we respect their point of view and understand it, added the Minister of Health, but at the same time we understand our compatriots who have received the vaccine and that is why these measures are being taken. “We respect the decision of our compatriots not to be vaccinated, but at the same time we understand and respect our compatriots who have been vaccinated,” he said.
Regarding his visit today to the Vaccination Center of the State Fair, Mr. Hadjipandella noted that the goal was to make sure that the vaccinations continue, despite last night's unpleasant events. According to the information from the Vaccination Centers that operate all over Cyprus, the attendance of the people is increased and exceeds all expectations. As he mentioned, the operation of the free attendance centers continues and so far 500 vaccinations have been carried out all over Cyprus.
Asked if the Ministry of Health is considering vaccinating third-country people living in Cyprus, in order to limit the transmission of the virus and to protect these people as well, Mr. Hadjipandella said that this issue has been identified and the the right of legal residents of the Republic to be vaccinated for protection. Regarding those people who are not legally in the Republic, the Minister said that it is an issue that concerns and there will be relevant announcements in the coming days.
Asked what actions will be taken to stop the increase of patients, the Minister of Health noted that in yesterday's extraordinary meeting held with the participation of OKYPY, PIS, PASIN and other stakeholders, the problems identified were discussed. Mr. Hadjipandella thanked the participants for the constructive dialogue, which shows that we all care about the citizens. “The message that came out of the meeting is that we can find solutions for the patient, we can do it this time as well and improve the treatment we give to the world,” said Mr. Hadjipandela.
In her turn, the General Director of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Christina Giannaki, noted that today at the Vaccination Center of the State Exhibition, about 1,000 foreigners, legal residents of the Republic, will be vaccinated. A total of 5,745 people will be vaccinated at all vaccination centers, he said. Until yesterday, he said, we touched 70% of people who were vaccinated with the first dose and 60.7% completed their vaccination regimen. “The struggle continues, the people must be vaccinated for the well-understood interest of Public Health, the transmission chain must be stopped and the number of hospitalizations and intubations must be reduced, and finally, death,” Dr. Giannaki explained.
For her part, Agathi Lakatamitou, coordinator of Center E of the State Exhibition, called on citizens to get vaccinated to protect their health and stop the spread of the virus.
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