The current coronavirus vaccination programme at St. Vincent de Paul home for the elderly is advancing ahead of schedule, as Minister for Active Ageing Michael Farrugia shared.
Farrugia explained that all residents of the facility who accepted vaccination – about 880 – had been administered the first dose and this Friday, they will be administered the second dose too.
He continued, ‘Where initially we had thought we would have finished vaccinating residents of this home by the end of April, I am now happy to confirm we are ahead of schedule and the residents will have received both doses of the vaccine by the end of February’.
The vaccine rollout in other government homes for the elderly started on January 7th, and the residents at the Luqa facility started on January 1st. The oldest resident to receive the vaccine is a 104-year-old woman.
Elsewhere, roughly 4,400 elderly residing in 37 homes began their vaccine rollout on January 8th, with authorities announcing that the first rollout of the vaccine would end by March.
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Health Minister Chris Fearne also shared that the goal is to have 70% of the population vaccinated by September, including all medical workers and elderly. He also observed that the local rollout is currently the fastest in Europe as a percentage of the population.
The vaccine rollout presently remains in its first phase, focusing on the elderly and front liners, it will then move on to people with chronic illnesses, people over 70, and staff at schools and childcare centres.
The following step would be to vaccinate those over 55 before becoming available to the general public, in late April or at the start of May.