Little by little the details of how the vaccination plan against covid will be in the Valencian Community are being revealed. Yesterday one of the key issues was revealed, the number of dose that they will arrive in a first batch and on what date they will. The announcement was made by the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, who specified that the forecasts are to start receiving the first doses of vaccine in January, and arrive at 400,000 doses received during the first quarter of 2021. These doses would serve to immunize 200,000 people In the Valencian community.
This first shipment that is expected responds to the delivery commitments that the Pfizer company has with Spain, and it is the item that corresponds to the Valencian Community within the 20 million that the Ministry of Health has acquired for the entire country. This vaccine consists of two doses per person that have to be administered with a three-week interval between the two doses.
In addition to this first delivery, as specified yesterday from the Generalitat Valenciana, more doses may arrive depending on the supply agreements with other pharmaceutical companies.
Elderly and health
As the Ministry of Health has already outlined, the first vaccines will be aimed at protecting the population most vulnerable to the coronavirus. The elderly who live in residences and the workers of these centers will be among the first. In the province of Alicante both groups add up to about 13,500 people. Health workers are the other priority group when it comes to receiving the first doses of the vaccine. 19,600 people work in the hospitals and health centers of the province, although it has not yet been determined whether the health workers who are on the front line in the fight against covid or the entire staff of these health centers will be vaccinated preferentially.
Patients should receive two doses of the drug three weeks apart.
The first recipients will not be immune from the moment they receive the vaccine, since immunity to the virus develops in about two weeks later and peaks a month later, as experts have already specified.
Pfizer’s is not the only vaccine that is expected to arrive in Spain in the coming weeks. Other American and European vaccines are on the way
What is clear is that these first 400,000 doses require very extreme conditions of conservation, since they must be stored at -80 degree, which requires special deep freezers, available in universities, hospitals and research centers, although the Generalitat plans to acquire more equipment to complement these.
Health centers do not have these freezers a priori, despite the fact that the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has announced that these health centers will be in charge of targeting the vaccination campaign. In this sense, sources from the Ministry of Health do not rule out that to distribute these first doses of the vaccine they are enabled other spaces different, more prepared for the conservation of doses at such low temperatures, and that health centers are used when vaccines arrive from other laboratories, such as Moderna or AstraZeneca Oxford, whose medicines do not require such low temperatures.
Both groups will be a priority when receiving the coronavirus vaccine. Hospital and health center workers will also have priority when it comes to being protected
Ximo Puig has announced that all the procedures are being finalized so that the Department of Health begins the vaccination “as soon as possible” as soon as the vaccines are available.
The president of the Generalitat has held a working meeting with members of the Valencian Community’s vaccination commission against covid, which has been established this Wednesday to pilot the vaccination campaign against the disease in the three provinces.
On the other hand, the vice president of the Generalitat, Mónica Oltra, defended this Wednesday that the restrictive measures for Christmas are not uniform throughout Spain or within an autonomous community, “but they are coherent.” This has been stated to journalists after the minute of silence on 25N, asked about Madrid’s proposal to extend family gatherings to ten people. Oltra sees “desirable” that all restrictions are agreed in the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System for the 17 communities. “But that does not mean that all measures have to be uniform throughout the national territory,” he remarked, “it is not synonymous.” Of course, he has emphasized that the measures have to be “coherent” depending on the epidemiological situation of each area, the saturation of health services or if there are large urban conurbations or dispersed municipalities. “Not even”, in his opinion, they have to be uniform protocols in all the same autonomy.
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