“The supply of Covid-19 vaccines will be increased,” Primary Health Care Secretary General Marios Themistocleous said at a regular briefing, noting that a platform for citizens aged 50 to 59 will open within a few days.
Mr. Themistocleous stressed that 2,530,000 doses have been administered to date. More than 1,760,000 citizens have been vaccinated with at least one dose, which corresponds to 16.75% coverage. And 770,000 citizens have already received both doses, which corresponds to 7.35%.
The following deliveries are expected in the next two months:
Pfizer: 2,150,000 in May and 2,425,000 in June. Moderna: 354,000 in May and 308,000 in June. J&J: 33,600 received, 300,000 in May and 960,000 in June. АstraZeneka: there is no confirmation of deliveries, 450,000 doses are expected in the coming month.
Thus, Greece will receive 7,397,000 doses of the vaccine in the next two months.
Mr Themistocleous announced that the platform for the 55-59 age group will open on Wednesday April 21, and on Saturday May 1 for the 50-54 age group. For the following age groups, information will be announced later, clarified Mr. Themistokleous
For citizens with high-risk chronic diseases, aged 18 to 59, the platform is already open.
When asked about this category of citizens, Mr. Themistokleous said that “the number of cancellations for AstraZeneka is slightly increased relative to other vaccines,” noting that “most of the available prescriptions relate to the AstraZeneka vaccine.”
Regarding preparations for vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson drug, he said Coreper and the National Vaccination Committee must decide on the new program. “Johnson & Johnson’s vaccinations are likely to start in May,” he said.
Theodoris regarding J&J
Regarding the J&J vaccine, Ms Theodoridou stressed that the US administration of the drug was “frozen” after the discovery of 6 cases of thrombosis out of the 6.8 million doses that had already been administered.
“This vaccine has many advantages,” she said, noting that “the vaccines that carry the virus are resistant,” while the big advantage is that a single dose is sufficient to inoculate with the drug.
“Protection begins after 14 days of vaccination, and its effectiveness – after 28 days and is more than 80%. “After 49 days, it fully protects both from a severe form of the disease and from death,” she said.
“Despite the big shocks caused by the suspension, we must focus on the positive side, namely strict adherence to control measures,” said Ms Theodoridou, noting that the existing system is organized with strict control of possible side effects and appropriate measures have been taken. to avoid consequences “.
“Let’s be a little patient with opinions in hope and we will have another weapon in the fight against the pandemic,” she said.
Ms Theodoridou mentioned vaccination of pregnant women. According to recent reports, there are no signs of danger from vaccinations for pregnant women.
She stressed that vaccines that do not contain live viruses can be administered to pregnant women without prior testing. Feeding also cannot be an obstacle to vaccination.
“The main position for pregnant women around the world was prohibitive: that is, not to vaccinate against Covid during pregnancy, – she said, adding – But in the second stage of vaccination, we came to the decision that the vaccine should be administered if a pregnant woman is in a high-risk group. The latest figures released two days ago are based on vaccination records of more than 90,000 pregnant women and show no signs of danger have been found. This gave the green light to the directive of the British authorities to vaccinate pregnant women. “
Coronavirus situation on April 19
As reported today by EODY, the number of new confirmed cases is 1,607. The decrease in the number of daily infections compared to the previous days is mainly due to the fact that only 20,848 diagnostic tests were performed.
Most of the 1607 infected are in the Attica metropolitan area, where the number is 675, and 203 are registered in the central sector of Athens.
Seven people were identified after entry checks. The total number of cases is 316,879 (daily change + 0.5%), of which 51.3% are men. Based on confirmed cases in the last 7 days, 59 are considered to be related to travel from abroad, and 3072 – with a known case.
The number of patients who underwent intubation was 847 people (62.1% of men). Their average age is 68. 85.6% have an underlying disease and / or are 70 years of age or older. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,943 patients have been discharged from intensive care units. There are 468 Covid-19 patients in territorial hospitals (daily change -5.45%). The average age of cases is 44 years (range, 0.2 to 106 years), and the deaths is 79 years (range, 0.2 to 106 years).
There are 78 new deaths of patients with COVID-19, with a total of 9,540 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic. 95.5% had an underlying disease and / or were 70 years of age or older.
Samples tested: From 1 January 2020 to today, in laboratories performing tests for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and systematically reporting the total number of controlled samples, a total of 4,472,000 clinical samples have been tested, while 3,017 656 samples have been tested by EODY Medical Departments and Mobile Teams performing Rapid Ag tests. The average number of tests in seven days is 54,312 spot checks per day.