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Portal for Covid-19 vaccine slots for people aged 61 to 63 crashes within minutes-UPDATED

The portal for the total of 9,707 available slots for Covid-19 vaccines only for people aged 61 to 63 on Thursday morning crashed again within minutes.

The slots were to be made available between 7:30am and 8pm with only Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines on offer. All Pfizer vaccines were apparently taken before the crash.

A week ago the portal for this particular age group had again crashed and their inoculation had been interrupted.

The portal crashed amid heavy traffic and a rush to secure appointments for Pfizer and Moderna jabs over those of controversial Astrazeneca.

At the same time, Nicosia has delayed the start of administering Johnson & Johnson vaccines even though Cyprus received its first 2,400 such shots on Wednesday afternoon.

The delay comes as the European Medicines Agency (EMA) expects to issue a recommendation on controversial J&J next week.

The new development comes as the U.S. drug maker delayed its Covid-19 shot over the risk of blood clotting.

On Friday morning, the portal opens for people aged 53-54 and closes on Saturday afternoon.

Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said on Wednesday Cyprus expected to receive an additional 100,000 Pfizer doses by June.

By Tuesday, April 13, a total of 193,537 people had received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine and 56,533 had received both doses, he also said.

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