Filipche: All citizens can get third vaccine doze regardless of age and underlying illnesses


Besides those over the age of 60, all citizens can now get a third, booster dose regardless of age and underlying illnesses, while having significant risk of COVID-19 infection due to frequent contacts, type of work or job position, said the Immunization Committee on Monday. Committee chair Aleksandra Grozdanova unveiled the recommendation at a joint press conference with Health Minister Venko Filipche.

On the COVID-19 situation in the country, Minister Filipche said it is stable in the sense that the number of daily cases has been steady at about 450-500 for a while now, but the number of hospitalizations has been a drop.

Regarding the inoculation, he said 789,000 citizens have been vaccinated, of whom 734,000 receiving both doses.

“Forty-seven percent of the adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 38.2 percent of the country’s population has been jabbed. Numbers vary from one municipality to another: Vevchani has recorded the highest number of fully vaccinated population-72 percent, followed by Gevgelija, Demir Kapija, Kavadarci and Ohrid with over 60 percent, Rosoman, Resen, Dojran, Debarca, Bogdanci, Bitola and Berovo (over 55 percent), while Lipkovo, Makedonska Kamenica and Novo Selo have seen numbers below 30 percent,” noted Filipche.

He added there is a sufficient number of vaccines, with about 260,000 Pfizer dozes, 45,000 Sinovac doses, and 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca available.



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