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Coronavirus: Fourth jab now available for diabetics, obese

vaccinations against the coronavirus disease (covid 19) in thessaloniki

The health ministry announced on Tuesday the rollout of the fourth anti-coronavirus jab for people with diabetes and severe obesity regardless their age.

The administration will start on Wednesday upon appointment at vaccination centres across the island or at walk-in vaccination centres provided that five months have elapsed since the third dose or 14 days after infection, provided there are no active coronavirus symptoms.

It will be administered to people of all ages with diabetes or those with severe obesity whose BMI is over 40 or over 35 if they have metabolic syndrome.

Vaccination at walk-ins needs the presentation of a medical certificate from a specialist doctor while beneficiaries may also arrange a vaccination appointment through their GP by sending a request to [email protected].

Vaccination centres can be found in Nicosia at the State Fair, in Larnaca old hospital, Linopetra Health Centre, Paphos General Hospital, Famagusta Health Centre and in Kyperounta at the former co-op bank. A vaccination centre also operates in Polis Chrysochous hospital every Tuesday 9.30am to 2pm.

The health ministry clarified the fourth dose is optional.

Earlier in the day, Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas said the tender for the provision of latest technology devices for children and teenagers with diabetes up to 18 years of age will be completed soon. The devices will measure and administer insulin with an automated system.

The minister said the health insurance organisation will monitor and assess whether to extend the measure to the general population while he agreed that old technology consumables are more expensive than modern ones.

 

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