COVID vaccination centres to double in coming days – Deputy Prime Minister

The Covid vaccination centres are expected to double in the coming days, and by February the vaccination process is expected to be in an advanced stage.

Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne said this while visiting the works at Censu Moran regional health centre in Paola, which he said is expected to receive its first patients by April next year.

He said that in the coming weeks a project for a similar centre in the North of the country would be announced.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that all those over the age of 85 who can go to Health Centres and who had received the letter for the appointment had been vaccinated against COVID. He said those who fall into this category and who have not received a letter for an appointment, should call 145. He added that as of Monday, health workers would begin the process of vaccinating those over the age of 85 who cannot leave their homes.

He also announced that those with cancer who are about to start receiving chemotherapy in the coming days will also be vaccinated before starting the process.

Mr Fearne went on to say that as from February, the number of people being vaccinated is expected to increase substantially as the vaccination will be provided by 10 other centres.

He confirmed that like several other countries across Europe, Malta received fewer doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week, but said the situation would be remedied.

” We have spoken to them and we have Pfizer’s word that in the coming weeks they will recover the amounts we did not give this week so that by the end of February we will be on track.

Dr Fearne said that apart from three cases of the new variant that came from the United Kingdom, no other cases of this variant were registered in Malta. He said that so far, by the third week of February, all health workers will have been vaccinated.

” Clinical medical staff are all vaccinated. We have now started vaccinating staff that is not directly related to Covid and we have started with private clinical staff. Afterwards, we’ll vaccinate a cohort of frontliners, police, environmental health officers, prisoners … and after, as agreed with the MUT, teachers will be vaccinated. It’s a question of weeks. ”

Asked about the hospital concession granted to Steward Healthcare in light of the Auditor General’s report, the Minister of Health said the Government is in discussions with the management of the company.

Dr Fearne said this while visiting the works being carried out at the primary care centre in Paola which he said is expected to receive the first patients by April next year. He said that work was progressing according to established targets so much so that by April the work will be completed up to street level, with the five-storey building to be completed by October. He added that in the coming weeks a project for a similar centre in the north of the country would be announced.

Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi said that the project, which is expected to cost around 42 million euros with co-financing from European funds, is expected to offer a number of services, including dentistry and mental health services, to reduce pressure from hospitals.