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The first country in the European Union to achieve herd immunity

The first country in the European Union to achieve herd immunity

Malta declares itself the European vaccination champion.

Maltese Health Minister Chris Verne received good news to announce Monday: 70% of adults in Malta have received at least one dose against Covid-19. This makes Malta the European Union leader in vaccination. “We achieved herd immunity today,” Vern said at a news conference on Monday. In the country of about 500,000 people, more than 475,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered so far, according to Health Ministry data.

95% of those over the age of 60 were vaccinated

According to Verne, just under 42 percent of people over the age of 16 are vaccinated. In Malta, the number of new infections with the Coronavirus has dropped sharply in recent months. Anyone over the age of 16 can currently get vaccinated. 95% of those over the age of 60 have already been vaccinated. Starting July 1, according to Vern, the government wants to relax the rules for wearing mouth and nose coverings if the number of coronavirus cases continues to decline. After that, people who have been vaccinated should not have to wear protection, for example when outside the home on their own. On the beaches, mask requirements should be dropped from June 1.

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