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Cyprus subsidizes hotel cost to encourage people get vaccination against COVID-19

Christian Fernsby |
Cyprus' Deputy Ministry of Tourism started offering subsidized holidays to vaccinated people as a means of encouragement to people to get the COVID-19 jab, a statement said on Tuesday.

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At the same time, the Cyprus Employers' Federation urged its members to consider banning employees who refuse to be vaccinated.

From Friday to the end of August, the government will pay 35 percent of the cost of accommodation in hotels and tourist apartments for individuals who present a certificate proving they have received at least one dose of one of the EU-approved vaccines, according to the statement.

The arrangement applies to all permanent residents of Cyprus.

Deputy Minister for Tourism Savvas Perdios said that about 25 percent of hotels and hotel apartments have applied to take part in the scheme, which also involves offering reduced prices. He said the move aims both at increasing the ratio of vaccinated people and at helping the hotel industry to deal with the situation of reduced tourists from abroad.

The campaigns are mostly aimed at encouraging people of the age group between 16 and 30 to get vaccines.

Zoi Dorothea Pana, an expert on COVID-19 at European University Cyprus, said that the majority of young people have not received even the first dose of a vaccine.

She added that 90 percent of new COVID-19 cases relate to young individuals. The median age of new cases dropped to 23 years of age, and as a result, the median age of patients has dropped to 53 years of age.

Pana also said that 67.6 percent of the population over 16 have received the first dose of a vaccine, but the ratio of people who have completed their vaccination regimen is only 57.5 percent.

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