COVID-19 vaccine rolls out on citizens above the age of 85



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Kosovo has launched the vaccination campaign for citizens above the age of 85, a process that is expected to last for about 3 days.

“I used to be a miner so I start coughing once in a while, but overall, it’s all good, I feel good”, said an elderly citizen we spoke to after just receiving the shot.

“I have arrhythmias. I came here for the better, to get the vaccine and live for a couple of more years. Let’s hope it’ll be good for the young”, said another citizen.

“The vaccination went great, and I feel fine. I don’t suffer from any illnesses. In four months, I’ll be 89. It would be good if everybody gets the vaccine, it’d be safer”, said another elderly.

Niman Bardhi, a coordinator at the site “1 Tetori”, says 1.000 vaccine doses can be administered before the end of the day.

“Starting off today, and in the next two days, we will inoculate citizens above the age of 85. Afterward, we will proceed with the 80-84 age group. We have the capacity to vaccinate from 750 to 1.000 citizens per day, but it will depend on how many citizens show up”, he said.

The public health care director for the commune of Pristina, Bujar Gashi, said that coordination between local and central government is of high significance for the vaccine campaign.

On March 28, Kosovo received its first batch containing 24.000 AstraZeneca jabs, and two days after it began the inoculation of hospital staff.

So far, over 5.400 healthcare workers have received the first dose of the vaccine.



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