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Flu and Omicron jab free for healthcare workers and those over 55

 - COVID-19 - Oct 17 SHARE ON:
Flu and Omicron jab free for healthcare workers and those over 55

People aged over 55 as well as pregnant women, healthcare workers and people suffering from chronic conditions can get vaccinated against both COVID-19 and the flu by Monday. 

Both vaccines can be received at the same time and people can also choose to receive just one. 

They will be made available for free from community clinics and all health care centres. The flu vaccine will be available to everyone aged 6 months ad over as of 31st October. 

Adults aged 55 and over, pregnant women and healthcare workers are all available. People who are aged 12 and over can also receive it if they provide evidence of suffering from the following chronic conditions: chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic liver disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus and chronic immunodeficiency states (such as HIV/AIDS)

Anyone aged below 55 needs to show evidence of these conditions as confirmed either by presenting the Schedule V Control Card or a medical certificate. 

The flu jab is also available for kids aged between 6 months and 12 years suffering from the same chronic conditions. 

This comes as health authorities expect a severe influenza season this upcoming winter. 

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Dementia Garden for residents of St Vincent de Paul care home

 - Local - Oct 16 SHARE ON:
Dementia Garden for residents of St Vincent de Paul care home

In just a few months, residents of St Vincent de Paul Hospital will be able to enjoy time in a brand new Dementia Garden, currently being constructed through an investment of €750,000. 

The concept behind the dementia-friendly garden is a fresh one for the Maltese islands and will put the safety of the residents as its top priority. 

The garden will also help to combat one of the biggest challenges faced by many today by giving dementia patients a space to carry out various recreational activities whilst also being out in a natural and safe space. 

Visiting the construction site, Active Ageing Minister Jo Etienne Abela said that the garden will span 3,000 metres squared and will engage dementia patients through various activities on an individual as well as a collective level. 

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Parking bays for e-scooters to be implemented in Malta

 - Local - Oct 16 SHARE ON:
Parking bays for e-scooters to be implemented in Malta

Speaking on TVM program Insights, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia revealed that parking bays for e-scooters will be implemented on the island to address the issues surrounding the haphazard use of the vehicles. 

The Minister revealed that those found breaking the law related to driving and parking the scooters will be fined to further regulate the use of the alternative transport. 

Farrugia said that this is a phenomenon being faced in other countries and not just Malta. Yet, we should not be condemning the use of scooters as they offer an alternative to cars and more traditional means. 

However, regulation should be still implemented and the island is set to move towards establishing parking bays for the vehicles and thus making it safer for everyone on the road or on pavements. 

The Minister said that the current law concerning such alternative transportation is already well established in Malta but simply needs updating to adapt to the changing state of our roads as new options are welcomed. 

Scooters and the haphazard parking of said scooters were posing a problem for various commuters on the Maltese islands. Many have called for further regulation, and it seems as though Malta might in fact be heading down that road. 

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Could Malta become the next Dubai? Land reclamation discussion ongoing

 - Local - Oct 16 SHARE ON:
Could Malta become the next Dubai? Land reclamation discussion ongoing

Could Malta transform into a Mediterranean version of Dubai? The government is currently considering four diverse projects related to land reclamation in various areas of the island. 

The projects are related to industry, trade and family reclamation, Infrastructure Minister Aaron Farrugia revealed when asked during TVM program Insights. 

The Minister said that the government is currently not only exploring these three areas but also a legal framework which could eventually lead to them being carried out. 

Before such a project is carried out, the need for an environment impact study is crucial, said the Minister, who previously held the position of Environmental Minister. 

Farrugia made reference to two studies being carried out under two different administrations whereby six sites were identified for potential  land reclamation. He said such projects will permit the recovery of unused land as well as ease the construction waste issue the island currently faces. 

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