Tuesday, October 19

Public Health reviews the vaccination strategy to take advantage of the doses

Citizens wait for hours to receive the vaccine against covid-19.

Citizens wait for hours to receive the vaccine against covid-19.
Antonio Lacerda

The Public Health Commission meets this Tuesday to prepare a new proposal that adapts the strategy and the vaccination groups to the remaining doses available this week, which will amount to just over 1.9 million sera.

The director of the Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies (CAES), Fernando Simón, during the press conference on monitoring the pandemic stressed this Monday that the objective will be “get the most out of vaccines and use them for the most vulnerable groups “against covid-19.

This Monday Spain has received a batch of about a million vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, whose distribution will be made these days and will be added to the vaccines that Spain has accumulated after the stoppage, for nine days, in the administration of AstraZeneca .

The vaccination strategy has been organized since last February by age and not by professional groups, and so far four large groups have been defined: people over 80 who do not live in residences (residents in these centers are already immunized in the first phase of the plan); from 70 to 79 years; from 60 to 69 years (below will be vaccinated those under 60 years with risk conditions of suffering from covid) and finally, the group of 45 to 55 years.

At its last meeting on March 22, the Public Health Commission proposed extend vaccination with AstraZeneca up to age 65 (Until then, this serum was used for people up to 55 years of age), an initiative was later approved by the Interterritorial Health Council, which brings together the Ministry and the autonomous communities.

At the moment, almost five million people have received at least one dose of the three vaccines that are administered in Spain, where the evolution of the immunization plan is progressing asymmetrically in each territory. Thus, with regard to those over 80 years of age who do not live in residences, some communities such as Canarias and Castilla y León have inoculated the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna at more than 60%, although the rate of immunized with the complete vaccination schedule is around 20%.

In large territories such as Catalonia, for example, 36% of those over 80 years of age have been vaccinated with the first dose and only 22% with the two, but nevertheless, since last week the group of 60 to 65 has already been vaccinated years with AstraZeneca. In this same community, the complete schedule necessary for immunity has been administered to 75% of nursing home staff and 75.6% of health professionals working in hospitals and primary care.

The Community of Madrid begins this Tuesday inoculation with AstraZeneca to the group between 60 and 65 years old and has announced that it plans to administer up to 150,000 vaccines during Holy Week.

In others such as Castilla-La Mancha, his government has ensured that on Wednesday it will have all the teachers vaccinated, that is, more than 21,000 teachers.


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