1,400 individuals vaccinated so far – report

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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

To date, 1,400 individuals have received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against coronavirus in Malta.

The number of people vaccinated is expected to increase 2,000 a week in the coming days, and then increase again to 5,000 vaccines weekly. The plan is to have the majority of the nation vaccinated by summer.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, Health Minister Chris Fearne said that the health authorities are on target and that everything is going as planned.

The first to receive the jab were health care workers at Mater Dei Hospital, followed by those who work in primary care and swabbing centres, and health care workers at the Gozo General Hospital.

On 1 January, elderly residents at government nursing homes started receiving the jab.

The first 10,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in Malta on 26 December. More doses arrived over the previous days.

Israel became the first country to vaccinate over one million citizens in less than two weeks. The country rolled out its mass vaccination programme on 19 December. The country rolled out one of the earliest and most rapid inoculation campaigns, with some 150,000 individuals receiving the jab every day.