The vaccination rate in Albania dropped 40% in October compared to September and August, as the country struggles to reach even 50% coverage with anti-COVID-19 vaccines.
In September, the government-mandated vaccinations for students over 18, healthcare workers, teachers, police, and state administration. But instead of encouraging vaccinations, it seems to have had the opposite effect.
Currently, 47% of the population over 18 have had one dose of a vaccine, while only 41.3% have received both doses. Over 60s are the most vaccinated in terms of demographics, mainly because they are a priority group for vaccination.
Takeup among youngsters remains concerningly low despite a slight increase in students getting vaccinated. Government mandates did little to encourage people and resulted in protests and outrage on social media.
(Alice Taylor | Exit.al)