A total of 20 per cent of the population in Cyprus has received the first jab of the Covid-19 vaccine, the health ministry announced on Sunday.
Specifically, as of April 23, there were 176,082 people who received the first dose, and 60,183 or 6.8 per cent who received both jabs.
There have been 26.8 doses per 100 residents, the health ministry said while announcing that on Monday April 26, between 7:30am to 8pm the portal will open for people aged 43 and 44 to book an appointment for a vaccine.
The vaccine rollout continues steadily with vaccination centres operating in all cities across the country, while more appointments are expected to become available the following people for more age groups though more announcements will follow.
According to the health ministry, vaccinations are also moving forward with people working in essential services, as they get approved by a special committee which has been set up for to examine such cases.
Currently, GP’s are able to express interest in having AstraZeneca vaccine supplies so they can administer them to beneficiaries aged 30 and above.
Cyprus on Monday enters a strict lockdown which sees all entertainment venues closed (open only for delivery and take away services) while members of the public will only be allowed one SMS per day.
The health ministry stipulated that anyone going to get a vaccine does not need to send a message but needs to have proof they are going for their vaccine (either in writing, a text message or the vaccination booklet).
People who have received both jabs of any approved vaccine and a period of 14 days have passed since the last dose are not required to self-isolate if they are a close contact of a confirmed case and are exempt from the weekly obligatory rapid test requirement.