The Malta Independent 26 June 2022, Sunday

As Covid cases rise, people over 65 to receive second invitation to take second booster shot

Monday, 20 June 2022, 11:09 Last update: about 5 days ago

Health Minister Chris Fearne announced that the health authorities will be sending out new immunization dates next week for people aged 65 and over who missed their first appointment for the second booster dose.

This announcement comes after the rise in Covid-19 cases Malta has recently been experiencing.

On Sunday, the Covid-19 cases soared to 315, the highest since mid-April, while on Saturday 279 new Covid-19 cases were recorded, along with two deaths.

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In a tweet on Monday, Fearne said that the omicron variant has led to a rise in community Covid-19 transmission.

“This underlines the importance of maintaining high levels of immunity,” Fearne said.

Currently there are 2,720 active cases of the virus in the country.

The administration of the second booster shot was first offered to those people who are immunocompromised and all those aged over 80. The age was then lowered. However, considering the situation at the time, the European Centres for Disease Control had said that those aged below 60 with no health problems, did not yet need a second booster.

 

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