31,590 doses of the Pfizer anti-COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Albania last night.
The news was given by Prime Minister Edi Rama who added that more than 1.9 million vaccines have arrived in the country. He used the opportunity to call on people to get vaccinated.
Albania currently has a low rate of vaccination, around 22% for two doses and 29% for one dose. The vaccines being used are Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, and Sputnik.
The situation regarding the number of cases in the country has been moderate over the last few weeks. Yesterday there were 502 new cases confirmed with the majority in Tirana, followed by Shkodra, Durres, and Vlora. There are some 12,108 active cases nationwide.
A total of 147 people are hospitalized in the three COVID-19 hospitals in Tirana and 17 are in intensive care.
Four people died in the last 24 hours.
New measures entered into force yesterday for those traveling to Albania, regardless of nationality.
Under the rules announced by the government last week, anyone wishing to enter Albania must provide one of the following: a negative PCR test, a serological test showing they have antibodies, a vaccine certificate, or official proof that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months. Anyone failing to do this will be required to quarantine upon arrival.
The government has given teachers, students over 18, and healthcare workers until 30 September to take the COVID-19 vaccine. It has also mandated teachers, pharmacists, lab technicians, and administrative workers.