Between 78 health workers of different categories, in the case of IFA, and 110 in Ciudad de la Luz, they work so that the whole system works perfectly. The “vaccinodromes” are divided into three well differentiated areas. A first “check list” to verify that the patient has the correct appointment. A second space for vaccination and finally a third waiting area to check that the vaccine does not react. And in the three spaces a lot of staff to inform people of what the next step is and that there is no one lost wandering around the facilities. In the “back room” of these spaces, dozens of nurses are in charge of extracting the doses from the vials with syringes in order to have greater control of the vaccines and so that the nurses who administer them only have to take care of the injection.
A logistics that, a priori, is not easy to set up. «There are not many physical spaces that are capable of holding such a volume of people, guaranteeing at all times that there are no queues or crowds and that they are also open to set up each of these three necessary areas “, says Carlos de Gregorio, medical director of Primary Care in the department of the General Hospital of Elche and responsible for the vaccination point of IFA.
The only drawback of these facilities is that they are far from urban centers, which complicates access for people who do not drive. A difficulty that is alleviated with the bus shuttles that leave every half hour from different points of Elche and Alicante.
For Inés Montiel, medical director of Primary Care in the department of the General Hospital of Alicante and responsible for the vaccination point in Ciudad de la Luz, the main advantage of the “vaccinadromes” is that they allow “to concentrate resources, which makes us a lot more effective ”. In addition, freeing health centers from the task of vaccinating “allows them to dedicate themselves to the care of chronic patients.” Montiel also agrees on the need to have a large space to concentrate a significant volume of people. “Between 400 patients per hour and up to 640 cannot pass through health centers, which is the maximum expected in Ciudad de la Luz. This assumes that in 15 minutes of waiting after vaccination, 150 people can gather. Hence you need to have a very large space.
So far the two “vaccinodromes” have not worked at full capacity because sufficient doses have not yet arrived. It will be from June when the Consell plans to really start mass vaccination and when these facilities can work every day of the week. Both Montiel and De Gregorio calculate that these vaccination points they will remain open for at least six months.
More vaccination points from Monday
The Department plans to launch new vaccination points from Monday in anticipation of the shipment of more vaccines from the month of June. Thus, Health will enable 133 new vaccination points throughout the Valencian Community, 46 of which will be located in the province of Alicante. Specifically, they will open their doors 101 vaccination spaces municipalities, who join the 32 points that are currently in operation. In this way it will be possible to administer the vaccine to more than 400 people every three minutes.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.