Vaccination against the coronavirus began yesterday in the Valencian Community with the administration of the first dose to 775 users and workers of seven centers for the elderly and dependents, two of them in the province of Alicante. At 9.53 in the morning the vials arrived at the Valencia distribution center from where they would be distributed to the three provinces, thus starting a process that will be long, but that allows us to face this last week of 2020 with some optimism after almost ten months of health crisis.
The Sant Vicent residence, in San Vicente del RaspeigIt is one of the two centers in the province where the first vaccinations were carried out yesterday. In it lives Salvador Brotons, 65, a native of Castalla, who became the first person to receive treatment in the province of Alicante. Before him, in a residence in Rafelbunyol (Valencia), Batiste Martí, 81, had already been vaccinated, the first in the entire Valencian Community. After the dose is administered, encouraged society as a whole to “take this step”, because it means “good for everyone.” In the same nursing home in Rafelbunyol, Josefa Martínez, director of the center and the first social health worker of the Valencian autonomy, was vaccinated to undergo the injection.
The vaccination process also began at the Alacant residence, in the Juan XXIII neighborhood of the capital of the province, where the doses arrived around noon, as well as in other centers in the Valencian towns of Torrent and Benissanó and in the Castellón towns of Almassora and Borriana. Benilde Domingo Monferrer, 86, resides in the latter, the first person to be vaccinated in the northern demarcation of the Community. After three in the afternoon the vaccination was concluded on this first day. All people vaccinated yesterday with the first dose of the treatment developed by Pfizer they will receive the second dose around January 18. In this way, as indicated by sources from the Conselleria de Sanidad Universal y Salud Pública, they will be definitely immunized against the coronavirus.
Today the process will continue, as indicated by the Ministry, with the reception of 10,000 doses in Alicante, 5,000 in Castellón and 16,000 in Valencia. The intention is that before Reyes at least the residences that are currently free of covid-19 are vaccinated so that, in the middle of January, the first dose can have been administered to all these facilities in the Valencian Community. At the end of yesterday, on the other hand, there was no evidence that any of the vaccinated people had manifested side effects.
The vaccination teams of the Conselleria explained that among people who received the first dose yesterday of the vaccine had been observed “general satisfaction as the dominant tonic.” They also stressed that the administration of the roads had been carried out “with total normality and at the pace set for this first Sunday day.” The head of the department, Ana Barceló, spoke in the same vein, highlighting that “amid so much pain and suffering, today a period of hope opens“Thanks to” science and research. ” The councilor stressed that it was “a day of total normality”, and predicted that “this will continue during these months, until each and every Valencian and Valencian are vaccinated.”
During the first quarter of 2021, in the Valencian Community, more than 377,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered, which correspond, since it is two doses per person, to more than 188,000 vaccinated people. The Ministry of Health trusts that throughout the month of January the more than 50,000 people who live in residences, between workers and residents, can be vaccinated. After the residential centers, the vaccine will begin to be administered to health personnel who work on the front line of the fight against covid-19, to the rest of the health personnel and to large non-institutionalized dependents.
Vaccination in Spain began at 9 o’clock in the morning yesterday in a center for the elderly in Guadalajara, a city in whose surroundings the logistical base for the distribution of doses throughout the country has been established, and the start of your campaign anecdotal indirect relationship with the province. Araceli Rosario Hidalgo, the 96-year-old woman who received the first of the vaccines because she is the oldest resident of that nursing home in the capital of Alcarria, is the grandmother of the communication director of the Port of Alicante, David Hermoso, who shared with through social networks this coincidence and the importance of the start of the health campaign. This last factor was precisely what caused the administration of the first vaccine to arouse great media expectation. A fact that did not go unnoticed by Araceli herself, who said she was nervous about the presence of the small group of journalists authorized to record and photograph the moment, but at the same time “very happy” and confident that among all of us “the virus will go away,” according to Efe.
After Araceli, the next to be vaccinated was Mónica Tapias, 48, a nursing assistant and the youngest worker from the same residence in Guadalajara. The health company was proud of the arrival of the vaccine in Spain and he appealed to “that the majority get vaccinated, there are many people who have not been able to arrive on time.”
Solidarity to complete the process
Epidemiologist experts urge solidarity to complete the vaccination process, since the collaboration of the public is essential. Salvador Peiró, specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, assures, in the same line defended by the Minister of Health, that “vaccination marks the end of an extraordinary situation” and that, in addition, “new technologies give support to many others types of vaccination ». He predicts that the health effects will depend on transmission rates and welcomes that a future stabilization of the indicators and a possible group immunity in summer allow “to serve more patients in other medical areas.” However, he urges the public to show solidarity, since “vaccination is common, even though the pandemic has not been” and, therefore, “we must not relax regarding safety and hygiene measures.” A thought also shared by Carlos Álvarez, epidemiologist and professor in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, who calls it “very necessary” for people at risk to get vaccinated. “When this population is vaccinated, the pandemic will not be dangerous in terms of mortality,” he points out. “I trust the actions of the Government and the EU, there should be no political struggle over a health issue,” he emphasizes. Although it foresees a “deadly” increase in infections after the Christmas holidayss, states that “if the vaccination process is done well, the results will soon be seen.” Despite this, he admits not daring to say that Pfizer is “the beginning of the end”, but “a very positive development.”
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