Government announces extension of vaccination drive

Some 2.2 million vaccines have arrived in Albania, and over 900,000 first doses have been given. [Shutterstock / Dragan Mujan]

COVID-19 vaccinations will now be available to those over 12 and boosters will be given to the over 60s, according to an Albanian government announcement on Friday (25 October).

Children over 12 with health problems will be given the vaccine if they provide a letter from a paediatrician and parental permission. Anyone over the age of 60 can get a booster shot as of 1 November.

Some 2.2 million vaccines have arrived in Albania, and over 900,000 first doses have been given. Vaccination rates remain below 40% due to public mistrust, fueled by misinformation, sometimes appearing on national television.

COVID-19 vaccination is mandated for health workers, teachers, students over 18, state administration workers, and police. Despite this, students, in particular, remain hesitant.

Cases are increasing in the country, but the government announced it would not be increasing measures. A curfew between midnight and 6 am remains in force, and masks are required inside any public space. Those entering the country must have a COVID-19 vaccine, a negative PCR test or a serological test, or face mandatory quarantine.

(Alice Taylor | exit.al)

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