MAM expects health professionals to be vaccinated within the next 5 weeks

Nurse Administers a Vaccine
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Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Medical Association of Malta, MAM, welcomed the licensing and distribution all across Europe of the COVID-19 vaccine in a clear demonstration of European solidarity at political level.

In a statement published on Monday, the association said it expects that all health care professionals wishing to be vaccinated receive their first dose within the next two weeks, and the second dose within the first 5 weeks. 

MAM also noted that surveys indicate that at least 70% of Maltese residents are willing to vaccinate. “This is encouraging when considering that half a million in the United Kingdom and over a million doses the United States have been administered in without any major problems,” said the association.

MAM also notes that while the very slow pace of 50 vaccinations day is acceptable for the first couple of days until the routines and correct procedures are put into place, it expects the Health Ministry to ramp up the vaccination rates significantly to exceed 300 daily. This would have to be escalated to thousands per day once the general population starts to be vaccinated, said the Malta Medical Association.

MAM expects that all health care professionals wishing to be vaccinated receive their first dose within the next two weeks, and the second dose within the first 5 weeks.  It also encourages all its members to take the vaccine, however urges the government to be efficient to keep up with the demand.