It’s a scene many people have been yearning to see all year but it’s finally happened.
Health Minister Chris Fearne has published a new Facebook profile photo, with a tiny vial of COVID-19 vaccine in his hand and his mask unable to conceal the large beam on his face.
Over 2,400 people have already reacted to this photo in the hour it’s been online, indicating just how excited people are at the news of a potential end to the pandemic.
Malta started inoculating people against the virus yesterday, a day after receiving the first batch of 10,000 doses of a vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech.
Healthcare workers have already started receiving the vaccine, while elderly care home staff and residents, mental care home staff and residents and everyone over 85 will receive it in the near future.
The second cohort will include everyone over 80 and all other front-liners, the third will include everyone suffering from chronic illnesses, everyone over 70 and school and childcare centre workers, the fourth everyone over 55 and the fifth one the general public.
Besides the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, the European Medicines Agency is also set to assess jabs produced by other pharmaceutical companies, with those produced by Moderna and AstraZeneca believed to be at the front of the queue.