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Madrid will pay 133,000 euros a month to the Red Cross for helping to vaccinate

A nurse prepares the syringe during the Pfizer vaccination process.

A nurse prepares the syringe during the Pfizer vaccination process.

The Community of Madrid will pay Red Cross 133,512 euros per month for half a year, in total 804.000 euros, for the provision of a support service for the vaccination of COVID-19, as reported this Tuesday by

The digital newspaper provides the private contract to the Red CrossCoo the bidding order, ratified on December 29 by the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero placeholder image.

As sources from the Red Cross have explained to Efe, Madrid is the only autonomous community with which they have this type of contract.

The service will be offered from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Coo from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., by twelve daily vaccination teams – a total of 25 people – during the term of the contract, according to the order.

Each vaccination team will be made up of a nurseCoo a nursing assistant, with a minimum of one year accredited experience in vaccination programs.

The execution, on an emergency basis, of the “Support Service for vaccination against COVID-19 in the 2021 campaign in the Community of Madrid”, will have a total amount of 804,098 euros.

The order explains that the public sector contract regulations provide that when the Administration must act immediately due to situations that pose serious danger, it may use emergency processingCoo the exceptional regime for which it has requested “a single budget” for this service to the Red Cross (free contract).

He The bulk of the amount of 130,000 euros per month will be dedicated to personnel expenses, around 90,000,Coo the rest corresponds to the purchase of uniforms, reliefCoo emergency material, computer equipment, vehicle rental, cleaningCoo computer equipment.

The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, specified this Monday that to date 82,834 people have been vaccinated in Spain, but the rate of inoculation of the doses differs greatly depending on the autonomous community, with Madrid being one in which the least have been put on.

For his part, the Madrid Minister of Health argued that in a pandemic situation all necessary resources must be used, both publicCoo private, while the Deputy Minister of Public Health, Antonio Zapatero, assured that Madrid has the capacity to put more than 24,000 vaccinations every week,Coo guaranteed that there is no problem “neither logistical nor of personnel” to administer them.

PSOE, Más Madrid, Unidas Podemos, unionsCoo associations of health professionals have rejected this contract this Tuesday with the Red Cross, which they interpret as an attempt to privatize public healthCoo which they call “wasteful”.

Unidos Podemos has requested the appearance of Ruiz Escudero in the Assembly to explain the vaccination campaign in this community,Coo the spokesperson for Más Madrid in the regional Parliament, Pablo Gómez Perpinyà, has announced that he will ask to hold a full monographCoo that his legal services they study the details of the contract.

The spokesman for Health of the socialist parliamentary group, José Manuel Freire, has been concerned about the slow rate of vaccination in MadridCoo about the “subcontracting of the service with outside entities, including the Red Cross. ”

The Association for the Defense of Public Health has stated that all this shows “the inability of the Ministry to manage vaccination,Coo the abandonment of public services in private hands, when the logical alternative,Coo that other communities are following, is to hire backup personnel. ”

UGTCoo CCOO have not seen this initiative of the Ministry of Health with good eyes.

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