Professor Charmaine Gauci has announced that with effect from today the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will start to be administered to persons up to age 70.
In the course of a media conference during which she gave an update on the Covid-19 situation in the country, Professor Gauci announced that the health authorities have decided that the AstraZeneca vaccine will start to be given to persons up to the age of 70.
The Superintendent stated that this decision follows research carried out in a number of countries as well as clinical trials which have shown that AstraZeneca is very effective among the elderly.
Professor Gauci further stated that through this decision the vaccination programme can be expanded to vaccinate persons in the over-60 age bracket.
This means that persons aged over 60 years will also start receiving invitations to be vaccinated.
The Superintendent added that this is a very big group, and for this reason, the letters will be sent in batches. Professor Gauci appealed to those aged over 60 years not to phone in if they do not receive the letter and gave an assurance that they will be contacted to be vaccinated.