Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne announced during a press conference that in the first week of December, the booster vaccine dose for COVID-19 will be offered to health care workers, pharmacists, carers and teachers in schools. This comes as the booster rollout continues for immunocompromised and elderly patients in homes. The booster has prevented further infection and death in these areas and thus the booster rollout will help mitigate spread further.
The Health Minister highlighted how this booster rollout will also help mitigate the spread of the seasonal influenza virus which could be potentially made worse because of COVID-19 in schools. As of yesterday, around 835,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 20,000 of these being booster doses. The epidemiological case around the globe is not as well defended against the pandemic, highlighted the minister, with Malta’s successful vaccine rollout contributing to the easing of restrictions and a gradual return to normalcy.