The Maltese authorities proudly announced that the country was the first in the European Union to achieve herd immunity. “This is of great importance for the local economy, especially for the tourism sector,” said Clayton Bartolo, Minister of Tourism and Consumer Protection.
Two weeks ago, Malta was the first country in the European Union to start vaccinating people over 16 years of age. On Monday, May 24, the local Minister of Health Chris Fearne informed the media that as much as 70 per cent. of the country’s adult population have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 42% the public took two doses. This means that Malta became the first country in the European Union to achieve herd immunity much earlier than expected.
Currently, in Malta, vaccinations are available to all residents aged 16 years and over.
The Maltese National Immunization Program has caused a sharp drop in the daily number of new COVID-19 cases. In the last 17 days, the number of deaths has also slowed down and there has been a decline in active COVID-19 cases. In total, there were 30,506 cases of coronavirus in Malta.
Over the past 24 hours, 537 new cases of the coronavirus have been detected in Lithuania.
Six people have died from COVID-19, the Department of Statistics reported this morning.
The incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants within 14 days is 420.9.
The percentage of positive tests during the week is 3.8 percent.
Last day, over 10 thousand tests were performed for the presence of the coronavirus.
The gradual vaccination of residents against COVID-19 continues – on Monday, registration was opened for the next age group, residents aged 35-44. Previously invited groups of residents can also vaccinate. According to data as of Monday morning, there are almost 28,000 free vaccines in vaccination centres.
Registration for vaccinations is done online, the link is on the website www.koronastop.lt. Residents who are unable to register online can do so by calling the Helpline on 1808.
When registering, residents can choose both the municipalities where they want to get vaccinated and the vaccine. The online registration system shows how many and what free vaccines are available from the various immunization centres.