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Omicron data shows shorter hospitalization rates, no need for oxygen, says health official

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Reinfection by the current Omicron variant is 5.4 times more likely among people who have already been infected with coronavirus variants previously, Head of the National Vaccination Committee Maria Theodoridou pointed out at a regular live briefing on Monday.

She clarified that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is transmitted very fast to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

As for the severity of Covid-19 once infected with the Omicron coronavirus, she noted that patients with this variant who are admitted to hospitals do not need oxygen, and their hospitalization usually lasts for two days, a much shorter time than the 8 days on average for those admitted with previous variants of coronavirus. She also said that Omicron’s mortality rate currently stands at 6.6 pct, a much lower percentage than the 17 pct mortality rate observed in earlier mutations.

At least 40,000 children aged 5-11 have been booked for vaccination – since December 15, when vaccination for their age group began – and more than 6,000 of these have already received a dose, Secretary General for Primary Health Care Marios Themistocleous said at the briefing.

Regarding booster shots, Themistocleous said that 50 pct of the 5,770,000 people eligible for a third dose have so far received it.

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In terms of overall vaccination rates, Themistocleous said that a total of 7,360,000 vaccinations have been carried out for the first dose, corresponding to 79.8 pct of the adult population (70 pct of the general population).

Inoculation appointment bookings among people aged over 60 – for whom vaccination is mandatory since the start of December – stands at 88 pct for that age group. This percentage includes those who have received only one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Finally, the health official noted that some 20,000 shots have been administered by some of the 326 private doctors and the 26 health clinics who are assisting in the national vaccination program.

SOURCE: AMNA

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