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Coronavirus: Vaccine programme benefits seen, portal to open Monday for those aged 29 and 30

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A total of 354,264 vaccines had been administered in Cyprus by Saturday, the ministry of health announced on Sunday, representing 40.3 injections per 100 residents.

Of these 270,101 (36.5%) were the first dose and 84,163 (11.4%) the second.

According to the latest data released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), this puts Cyprus in sixth place in the EU in terms of giving the first dose, and higher than the EU average of 31.3, while the figure for the second dose is almost the EU average, 11.9 per cent.

The vaccine programme is being intensified with the portal set to open on Monday for people aged 29 and 30.

The ministry repeated that the aim is to give at least 65 per cent of the population the first vaccine by the end of June.

He portal will open on Monday from 7.30am to 8pm.

Internationally the vaccine has been shown to have an efficacy of over 94 per cent against Covid-19 in the fully vaccinated.

The benefit of the vaccinations can also be seen in Cyprus, the ministry said, pointing to the latest national report, which showed that the 20-59 age group, which was largely unvaccinated on the dates covered by the report, had three times the infection as the 70-79 and over 80s age groups.

It also showed that the age groups were vaccination is proceeding well had much fewer cases than the age groups who have recently been able to book vaccine slots.

The data show that for 20-29-year-olds 2.1 per cent have been vaccinated, for 30-39-year-olds 11.3 per cent, 40-49-year-olds 43.8 per cent and 50-59-year-olds 46.4 per cent. While the number of cases drops per age group, the overall infection rate per 100,000 stands at 1,244.9.

However for the 60-69 age group where 63.2 per cent have been vaccinated this figure is 704, for the 70-79-year-olds it is 406.4 and for the over 80s 403.

The danger for someone infected with the virus to become seriously ill is very much larger for the unvaccinated than those who have had the shots, the ministry said.

“At this point the vaccination against the virus is the only way to stop the spread and transmission of the virus and reduce the occurrence of virus mutations,” the ministry said.

“The encouraging response of citizens to the call for vaccination proves that individual responsibility is the same as collective responsibility. The awareness of everyone of the responsibility towards the whole will lead us to the fulfillment of the goal, which is the safe return to normalcy as soon as possible,” it continued.

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