Around 465 children between the ages of 5 and 11 were vaccinated against Covid at Limassol’s Spyros Kyprianou stadium on Saturday, health ministry permanent secretary Christina Yiannaki said during a visit there.
An additional 800 members of the public were served at the walk-in centre at the same location.
Yiannaki was accompanying Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas to the vaccination centre, who thanked all medical professionals and volunteers from the paediatric society for their contribution to the day’s efforts.
The minister assured that efforts to vaccinate children will continue, reminding that a vaccination centre will operate in Trimiklini next Saturday, with thoughts to further expand the programme to other communities.
“I wanted to see with my own eyes and confirm that some of the issues we have seen at walk-ins this past week have been resolved,” he said. “As you have also seen, there have been no problems whatsoever today”.
Commenting on the overcrowding experienced at walk-in centres nationwide, Hadjipantelas said the latest Covid surge has created staff shortages among health professionals.
“The health ministry has made superhuman efforts so this vaccination centre would be able to open today,” he said.
For her part, Yiannaki said that thanks to strong cooperation between the ministry, health professionals and medical services, the vaccination coverage is at 70.1 per cent for the general population and 83.5 per cent for adults.
“We will continue our enormous efforts for the better interest of public health,” she said.
Paediatric society chairman Michalis Anastasiades was pleased about the high turnout at the vaccination centre of “smiling children who fill us with optimism and faith for the next day”.
He thanked the ministry, saying that “we are fighting the same battle, and if we continue as a united fist we will win this war”.
Finally he assured that the paediatric society is at the state’s service and will be present at Trimiklini next week, and anywhere else it may be needed.