Albanian government rolls out COVID-19 boosters for over 18s

Clinics use Pfizer and AstraZeneca to vaccinate the population, with Sinovac also available. [EPA-EFE/Malton Dibra]

The Albanian health ministry has authorised COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for all adults starting Thursday, EURACTIV’s partner Exit.al reports.

Those who are fully vaccinated and wish to receive a booster shot must wait at least six months from their last dose to get the booster.

Clinics use Pfizer and AstraZeneca to vaccinate the population, with Sinovac also available.

According to Our World in Data, Albania is one of the countries with the lowest vaccination rates in Europe, with just 33% of the population fully vaccinated and 37% with one dose.

Furthermore, reports by Voice of America for Albania show that Albania’s vaccination rate has declined for the second month in a row.

As of 1 December, Albania reported 342 cases a day, with numbers declining over the last week. So far, the Western Balkan country has bucked the fourth wave that has brought many European countries, including Bulgaria, Slovakia, Romania, and Austria to breaking point.

The total reported deaths attributed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic amount to 3,101, although the number of excess deaths reported suggests the real figure could be much higher.

Concerns have been consistently raised by healthcare experts regarding a low number of tests, fake COVID-19 vaccine certificates, and tests not being conducted properly in order to not hinder travel.

(Exit.al)

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