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Third and last batch of flu jabs due next week

Cyprus is expected to receive the third and last batch of about 24,500 flu jabs next week, the Deputy Head of the Medical Services Olga Kalakouta said on Friday.

The distribution of the vaccines will start by the end of next week.

Kalakouta said the number of Type A flu vaccines ordered this year was much higher than last year.

The first batch consisted of 32,000 vaccines which were distributed to personal doctors and paediatrics. The ministry secured 30,270 additional jabs which were also distributed before the arrival of the official second batch.

The second batch consisted 41,500 jabs. In total, the country received approximately 130,000 flu vaccines this year.

Last year, Cyprus received 88,000 vaccines, of which 5,000 were not used.

Concerning vaccination against Covid-19, Kalakouta said the government already started preparing the plan which “will be ready before the delivery of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines”.

Kalakousa said the planning is a “big project” due to the large number of people who will be wishing to get vaccinated.

Priority will be given to the same groups as in Type A flu vaccinations, including the elderly and vulnerable groups.

The health ministry has already submitted an order of 600,000 vaccines from AstraZeneca, 200,000 from Johnson&Johnson and another 200,000 from Pfizer/BioNTech.

The fourth pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur&GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals has not yet asked countries to submit their order.

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