Famagusta general hospital, the reference facility for coronavirus since the pandemic was declared, on Sunday saw its first vaccinations of those health professionals serving in the Covid wards, the health ministry said.
Speaking after her vaccination there, the permanent secretary of the health ministry, Dr Christina Yiannaki, said she was feeling great about the jab and thanked the staff of the hospital, who together “fight a great battle every day on a 24-hour basis”.
“I urge all citizens to be vaccinated for the good of the public health,” she said.
Asked if the ministry was concerned about the high number of positive rapid tests detected daily, she said there was some concern, and she called on the public to be disciplined and to obey the decrees and instructions issued for the greater good.
The head of the Famagusta hospital Amalia Hadjiyianni said the start of the vaccinations was emotional and would mark the beginning of the end of the pandemic. Twenty staff members were expected to be given the jab on Sunday.
The director of Okypy Christis Loizidis was also “joyful”. “I want to urge all those who have doubts about the vaccine, not to have it, and to be vaccinated when it is their turn so we can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said.
Dr Christos Kypri, the first medical officer at the reference hospital to be vaccinated, also expressed joy at having a jab against Covid.
“I hope with our vaccination we give the right message so people will stop listening to the fake news presented by some. I understand the doubts of the people. It is something new but we are the first to be vaccinated, giving the right message,” he added.