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Over 35s eligible for booster, no omicron

Over 35s eligible for booster, no omicron

As Malta steps up efforts to contain the rising COVID-19 case numbers, people over the age of 35 can register to get the booster shots as of Monday, 20 December.

Health minister Chris Fearne announced the latest update yesterday, adding that there has yet to be a confirmed case of the Omicron variant on our shores, despite it currently climbing its way up to being the most dominant variant in the UK and across Europe.

Fearne pointed towards the booster as being one of the most crucial ways in which the COVID-19 spread can be tackled, especially when taking the even more contagious Omicron variant into consideration.

Omicron in Malta

While there has yet to be an Omicron variant case detected in Malta, the health minister is it likely that it’s just a matter of days before a case is found. After all, it’s been established that the variant is set to become the most dominant one in Europe in the coming weeks.

“As we speak, we do not have Omicron cases but we have sequencing carried out every day, and in the coming hours we will have the latest information in hand. If not today, or tomorrow, we are bound to have an Omicron case soon. The booster is key here,” said the minister.

Getting boosted

 

Those aged over 35 who took their second dose of the vaccine over four months ago will be able to register for the booster as of Monday. You can register from here.

At the time of writing, 163,186 people have received their booster shots, amounting to 90% of over 80s, 82% of those aged between 70 and 79, 76% of those aged between 60 and 69 and 45% of those aged over 50.

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