Covid-19 vaccine set to arrive on Saturday

Vaccination

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The first 10,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine are set to arrive on Saturday 26 December. The first dose will be administered to a nurse who works at Mater Dei Hospital at 9am on the following day.

The details of the vaccine rollout were announced earlier this week during a new conference, just minutes after the European Medicines Agency approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Writing on Facebook, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne, wished the public a happy Christmas as he reminded them that the vaccine will soon arrive in Malta.

Għada filgħodu jasal il-#vaċċin – Merry Christmas!

Posted by Chris Fearne on Friday, December 25, 2020

After the first batch arrives on Saturday, a further stock will arrive on December 28, before Malta eventually receives 500,000 doses. Another 100,000 of a vaccine developed by Moderna will arrive in January.

According to the government’s rollout plan healthcare staff at primary health and swabbing centres will start receiving the vaccine on 28 December, followed by staff at Gozo General Hospital on 29 December, and healthcare workers at Mount Carmel, St Thomas Hospital, Boffa Hospital and Good Samaritan long-term facility as from 30 December.

The first letters to patients over the age of 85 will be sent out on 7 January. They will receive a date, place and time for them to receive the first and second vaccine.