According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Malta has given at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to everyone over the age of 60, making Malta the only country to succeed in vaccinating all those over 60.
This data is updated regularly on the EU agency’s Vaccine Tracker platform, and it has recently shown that Malta vaccinated all those who are part of the three crucial categories; the 80+ group, the 70-79 group and the 60-69 group.
This achievement was only possible because health authorities started vaccinations for the elderly as soon as the first doses arrived in Malta. The vaccine drive went down the different age groups and in May, it was offered to those over 16. Recently, the vaccine has also started being administered to children between 12-15.
ECDC data also shows that 88.6% of people aged around 50 have been vaccinated and 83.7% of 18-24 year olds are vaccinated. While there isn’t any ECDC data for the age group between 12-15, health authorities claimed that at least two-thirds have even given at least one dose.
Overall, Malta has vaccinated 82.5% of those eligible to get vaccinated with at least one dose.