Covid-19, Malta running out of doses
LA VALLETTA (MALTA) (ITALPRESS/MNA) – The Maltese health authorties revealed that there were delays in a Pfizer shipment this week which saw people being sent home after they turned up for their appointment.
Many elderly persons who went to health clinics for the Covid-19 vaccine were turned away due to vaccinations running out in several localities. Elderly people complained that since no one had informed them about not being vaccinated, they only found out after having gone for their appointment as issued by the Health Department. This also happened to a group of elderly people with mobility problems, as well as vulnerable people. However, they were still sent back.
According to the Health Ministry, the next delivery of the Pfizer vaccine should have arrived in Malta last Monday. This caused a two-day rescheduling of vaccination appointments.
Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne said that Malta received fewer doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine than expected.
According to the Ministry for Health, 232,335 vaccine doses were administered with 65,205 being the second dose. No deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours. However, 401 people have lost their life due to coronavirus. So far, Malta has 549 active cases of COVID-19.