Top virologist Chris Barbara has been vaccinated against COVID-19, becoming the first high-profile Maltese person to publicly get inoculated against the virus.
Barbara, the director of pathology at Mater Dei, has been at the forefront of the nation’s efforts against the virus and was included in the first cohort of people eligible to get inoculated.
His vaccination was captured on camera and published by TVM journalist Brian Hansford.
“I didn’t feel the needle, I didn’t feel anything,”a beaming Barbara said.
The first cohort includes healthcare workers, 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 the general public.
Malta is currently inoculating people with a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, but could soon also start distributing doses of vaccine produced by Moderna and AstraZeneca if they are approved by the European Medicines Agency.