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Coronavirus: health ministry permanent secretary ‘jumped the queue’

Εμβολιασμός στο Γενικό Νοσοκομείο
Christina Yiannaki

The health ministry declined comment on Monday over its permanent secretary’s apparent violation of protocol by jumping the line to get vaccinated the previous day.

Christina Yiannaki was vaccinated before the cameras at Famagusta general hospital and also spoke to reporters afterwards.

It later emerged that not even the health minister knew of her plan, finding out from the media later.

Yiannaki was clearly not one of the people included in the first stage of ministry’s vaccination plan.

That plan included residents and staff of care homes and health professionals working with Covid patients, as well as personnel in ICUs, A&E departments, and the ambulance service.

Asked about the matter, a ministry spokesperson said the minister’s instructions was to draft a particular plan prioritising population groups.

“The only exceptions granted for symbolic reasons, where the vaccination of the president and the Archbishop,” the spokesperson said, essentially confirming that Yiannaki had jumped the line. “There is no other comment on behalf of the minister’s office.”

The director general of the government health services organisation Okypy, Christis Loizides also got vaccinated after Yiannaki. Loizides too was not on the list apparently.

However, a ministry source told the Cyprus Mail that Loizides has some underlying health issues and comes into contact with hospital staff.

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