Cyprus Mail

Fifty per cent more flu vaccines being received this year


Cyprus will be receiving around 50 per cent more Type A flu vaccines this year, as authorities expect more people would want to get vaccinated.

“We hope more people will be vaccinated this year, due to the pandemic” head of state medical services Elisavet Constantinou told the Cyprus Mail.

Cyprus will get 180,000 Type A flu vaccines by the end of November, while the majority will be provided for free by the state, amounting to 135,000 flu jabs, while private companies will provide 45,000 vaccines.

In 2019, the total amount of Type A flu vaccines amounted to 121,000, with state services ordering 83,000 flu jabs, of which only 78,000 were used, while private companies brought in 38,000.

Pharmacies have already sold around 25,000 flu jabs since August, to people who wished to get vaccinated on their own initiative, while a number of pharmacies around Cyprus expect an additional 25,000 from another private company by the end of the month.

People who belong to high-risk groups including people over 65, those with medical conditions, and children from six months to 15 years of age can request their free flu jabs from their personal doctor.

“For the first time this year, due to the pandemic, we included children up to 15,” Constantinou said.

Vaccination starts on Monday for those registered with Gesy, with the first batch of 37,500. A second batch of 67,000 is expected by the end of the month, and a smaller batch of 12,000 mid November.

Doctors and other hospital staff, who in other years receive their vaccine shots for free at the hospital, are still expecting to hear from the relevant state authorities whether they will also have to request them from their GPs, a source at the state doctors’ unions said.

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