Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades once again urged the Cypriot people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Speaking to reporters at the vaccination point at the State Exhibition Center, where Cabinet members received today their vaccine in his presence, the President of the Republic said that “the presence of all Ministers here, with the exception of those who have already been vaccinated due to old age and Mr. Christodoulides who is absent and will be vaccinated on Monday, we have come en masse, after a unanimous decision for all members of the Council of Ministers to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, to send a strong message that what matters is the inoculation and not the vaccine.
To send a message that the minimal side effects or cases of side effects observed can not exist or be an obstacle to a mass vaccination that will create the prospects of herd immunity, as it is called, but will also give the opportunity to open the economy, for the world to regain its freedom, to live a normal life.
That is why it is useful to all citizens: do not be influenced by what is written or said.
So far, more than 38 million people in the UK have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, and there have been very few side effects.
Therefore, I once again call on all Cypriots who remain unvaccinated: Do not choose. Get vaccinated. I repeat, what matters is the inoculation and not the vaccine.”
Asked if there was room for further easing measures during Easter, the president said “the epidemiological team of experts will decide after examining all the data.”
Vaccinations surpass 200,000 mark
Cyprus clinched today the 200,000 vaccination mark. As of April 14, a total of 198,060 vaccinations had been administered, of which 141,000 were for the first dose and 57,060 were for both doses.
Stepping up vaccination rollout is the step to returning to normalcy as soon as possible. The vaccination program is being implemented, with citizens aged 53 and 54 to receive priority tomorrow. Specifically, 15,000 vaccination appointments will be available through the Vaccination Portal starting tomorrow, April 16, at 7:30 in the morning, until Saturday, April 17, at 8 pm, only for people aged 53-54. Vaccinations will be carried out at all Vaccination Centers nationwide with the available AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines.
The goal of the Ministry of Health is to accelerate the vaccination rollout, so that people aged 45 and over receive at least the first dose of the vaccine by the beginning of May, for at least 60% of the citizens to have been been vaccinated by midyear (even with just the 1st dose).
Vaccination data from 83% of people aged 80 and over and from 79% of people aged 70-79 show that vaccination dramatically reduces the number of cases and hospital admissions. In order to achieve the protection of the health of the citizens, it is recommended that vulnerable populations to proceed as soon as possible with the planning of their vaccination, thus reducing the risk of serious illness and/or death.
Vaccination is the only way we can take our lives back into our own hands, in order to return to normal as soon as possible, the Ministry of Health notes in a statement. /ibna