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7k people vaccinated

About 7,000 people received their first doses of the vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today, the Government announced.   A cumulative total of about 13,600 people have been vaccinated since February 22, it said.   The Government called on the citizens of the five priority groups to get vaccinated early so that the economy and people’s way of life could return to normal as soon as possible.   Getting vaccinated protects not only yourself but also family members and friends and will help reduce the risk of a community outbreak, it added. http://dlvr.it/Rtd2BK

Welfare cases up 0.2%

The overall Comprehensive Social Security Assistance caseload rose to 224,895 in December, up 0.2% from November, the Social Welfare Department announced today.   The total number of recipients stood at 319,200.   Low-earnings cases registered a month-to-month decrease of 1% to 2,520 cases while old age cases were down 0.2% to 130,647.   Ill-health cases rose 0.8% to 26,056 cases. Single parent cases were up 0.4% to 24,760 cases while permanent disability cases increased 0.1% to 17,377 cases.   Unemployment cases continued to increase, rising 2.2% on a monthly basis to 19,506 cases. The figure is also an increase of 55.2% compared with December 2019.   The number of applications of unemployment cases increased 12.2% to 1,045 cases in December, representing a 65.1% year-on-year increase.
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