Monday, October 25

The first coronavirus vaccines will arrive this Sunday at two residences in Alicante and San Vicente



A residence in the city of Alicante and another located in San Vicente del Raspeig are the two centers chosen by the Ministry of Health in the province to begin vaccinate against coronavirus. It will be on Sunday, once the first thing in the morning is received in Valencia first 800 doses of the laboratory vaccine Pfizer. From there, as detailed yesterday by sources from the Ministry of Health, they will be distributed to seven nursing homes throughout the Valencian Community and that same day both the elderly and the workers of these centers will be vaccinated. The Rselected stays in the province they are the Alacant public center, in the city of Alicante and the private residence San Vicent.

Weekly delivery

This first round of vaccines they will arrive refrigerated, at a temperature between 2 and 8 degrees, so they can be taken directly from the Valencia distribution center to the residences. It will be from Monday when the deep-frozen doses are received that will reach three distribution centers, one in each province, although Health has avoided making the exact location public for security reasons. In these centers the doses will be stored in deep freezers, at a temperature of -80 degrees and surrounded by strong security measures to prevent possible thefts.

From these centers, the doses will be transported in portable refrigerators with dry ice to the residences. There the vaccine will be administered by personnel from these centers, provided there is the minimum number of staff required, which are two nurses and a doctor in case there is an adverse reaction to the vaccine. From Health they point out that in the event that the residence does not have this minimum necessary staff, it will be reinforced with the staff of the Ministry. In any case, they point out from the department of Ana Barceló, the vaccination will be supervised in each center by a nurse from the Department of Health.

The Department will begin to vaccinate in those residences that have not had cases of coronavirus throughout the pandemic or that are free of the virus in the last 90 days, a period in which it is estimated that the antibodies against covid. Throughout the Valencian Community, 110 centers are in this situation.

Every Monday they will arrive at the Community 31,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, figures that may vary when the rest of the vaccines that are being marketed at the moment are incorporated, the most imminent, Moderna. In a first phase, which runs from January to March, the aim is to protect 188,000 people from the first four groups set by the Ministry of Health with the two doses of the vaccine, which means 377,000 vaccines. In January, 133,000 doses are expected to have been administered. Between the two doses there will be a period of between 21 and 23 days.

The elderly and nursing home workers will be followed by health personnel who have been in the forefront of the covid and in another phase the rest of the Health workers, who will be vaccinated in their centers. Finally, the large dependents who are in their homes will be protected by the personnel of their health centers. Health foresees that by mid-January the first dose will have already been administered in all the selected residences, and it will begin to be placed in first-line health professionals and large non-institutionalized dependents.

The vaccine is voluntary and at the moment Health does not have an estimate of what percentage of people in the first groups to protect will reject the vaccine. At the moment the Ministry does not foresee an increase in the templates for this vaccination campaign.

«In this new scenario with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, where new vaccines have been generated to protect the population, pregnant women are not included in the studies and, therefore, will not have access to these vaccines until later stages ”, he assures Noelia Rodriguez , researcher at CEU Cardenal Herrera University and member of the Multidisciplinary Expert Group on Flu of the Valencian Community. For this expert, doctor in Vaccination and Supervisor of the Women’s Area of ​​the Villajoyosa Hospital, «this situation will generate, once again, greater vigilance and control of the warning signs during pregnancy, pending the long-awaited vaccine that includes the pregnant and lactating woman ». According to Rodríguez, who leads a research project on the evaluation of an intervention to increase vaccination coverage in pregnant women financed by the Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research of the Valencian Community (FISABIO), “vaccination is part of the prevention and care interventions during the fertile stage of women. Maternal immunization involves the application of vaccines within the pregnancy itself, in order to reduce health problems in the first months of life, when direct protection often relies solely on passively transmitted maternal antibodies.

The Department does not contemplate vaccinating in pharmacies

The Ministry of Health “does not contemplate at this time” that pharmacies are vaccination points to help administer the vaccine against covid to the population. This has been assured by health sources in relation to the offer made by the College of Pharmacists of Valencia (MICOF) to offer pharmacy offices “in order to reinforce and increase vaccination points to decongest the burden of the healthcare system.” From Health they maintain that vaccination, after the initial groups, will be done in health centers.

Pregnant women, among the last groups

«In this new scenario with the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, where new vaccines have been generated to protect the population, pregnant women are not included in the studies and, therefore, will not have access to these vaccines until later phases, ”says Noelia Rodríguez, a researcher at the CEU Cardenal Herrera University and member of the Multidisciplinary Group of Experts on Influenza of the Valencian Community. For this expert, doctor in Vaccination and Supervisor of the Women’s Area of ​​the Villajoyosa Hospital, «this situation will generate, once again, greater vigilance and control of the warning signs during pregnancy, pending the long-awaited vaccine that includes the pregnant and lactating woman ».

According to Rodríguez, who leads a research project on the evaluation of an intervention to increase vaccination coverage in pregnant women financed by the Foundation for the Promotion of Health and Biomedical Research of the Valencian Community (FISABIO), “vaccination is part of the prevention and care interventions during the fertile stage of women. Maternal immunization involves the application of vaccines within the pregnancy itself, in order to reduce health problems in the first months of life, when direct protection often relies solely on passively transmitted maternal antibodies. Report MA


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