Cypriot Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said the start of vaccinations on Sunday simultaneously in all EU Member States was the “beginning of the end, but not the end of the effort."
Residents and staff at Panayia Care Home in Limassol, were the first to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in Cyprus.
The first person in Cyprus to be vaccinated was Dr Anastasios Tsiftsis.
“The vaccine is safe and I hope people respond to the call of the medical community to show up and get it so that we help end the pandemic sooner rather than later,” he said.
“I trust science and this is why I took the vaccine today. I want to assure my fellow citizens that the vaccine is totally safe, many people took part in clinical research, the results have been published and we all agree that it is safe,” Dr Anastasios Tsiftsis added.
At Famagusta General Hospital, the first to be vaccinated was Dr Christos Kypri.
“I hope with our vaccination we give the right message so people will stop listening to the fake news presented by some. I understand the doubts of the people. It is something new but we are the first to be vaccinated, giving the right message,” he said.
The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades is scheduled to be inoculated on live TV on Monday morning.
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Σήμερα είναι μία σπουδαία μέρα, για την χώρα μας και για ολόκληρη την Ευρώπη. Σήμερα είναι η αρχή του τέλους για την αναχαίτηση της πιο μεγάλης κρίσης υγείας που αντιμετώπισε η ήπειρος μας εδώ και έναν αιώνα. pic.twitter.com/5qzfPPQGyn
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