Cyprus to start second phase of vaccinations

The second phase of Covid-19 vaccinations is expected to start on Friday in Cyprus.  

The deputy head of the medical services Olga Kalakouta said vaccines will be administered at primary health care centres across the island.

According to CyBC, the government has drawn up a plan for 38 centers with between 1 and 3 stations that would be able to administer some 350 vaccines each per day.

Health authorities have classified the population according to risk and are expected to finish vaccinations to frontline health staff and care home residents this week.

The program will now move to the second group the over eighties who do not live in care homes, after that people over 76-years-old followed by those over 16 who belong to high risk groups will receive the vaccine.

On Sunday, Cyprus detected 12 cases of the new coronavirus variant in people who had arrived from the UK.

The health ministry said in a press release that the new variant was detected after a specialized screening of samples taken from those arrivals who were diagnosed with the virus.

From the 19 samples taken between Dec. 6 and 20, 12 were found positive for the new strain, it said.