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Health Officials on Cyprus Divided Over COVID-19 Measures

November 18, 2021

With COVID-19 stubbornly lingering on Cyprus despite a high vaccination rate, health officials are reportedly set to consider other measures to deal with the pandemic, including self-tests but some believe enough has been done.

The talk is being brought, said The Cyprus News Agency (ANA) because of continuing high numbers of cases, with Health Minister Michalis Hadjipantelas to meet with the government’s advisory panel of doctors and scientists.

“The health ministry is monitoring the situation and on Monday (Nov. 22) suggestions by the experts are expected, in order to decide whether any additional measures will be taken,” Constantinos Athanasiou, the minister’s communication advisor told CNA.

On the table, it was said that there could be new restrictions on public gatherings and going to remote work again instead of people going to their places of business or work.

The government also is urging the fully vaccinated to get booster shots but hasn’t made inoculation mandatory for all with anti-vaxxer resisting any attempt to make them be protected from a virus some of them doubt even exists.

The head of the pediatricians’ association and Secretary of the medical association, Michalis Anastasiades, said that the skeptics have to be convinced as they’re not being forced to be vaccinated.

“A way must be found to persuade all these people, especially the 12- to 17-year-olds, to get vaccinated,” Anastasiades told state broadcaster CyBC.

“We have not seen an increase in the percentage of vaccinations of children over 12,” he said. Vaccination coverage in this age group does not exceed 45 percent, he said.

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