All the autonomous communities, except the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, have already begun to vaccinate against covid-19 with the immunizations developed by the Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories. The islands will start in the next few hours.
This was confirmed this afternoon by the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, after the central government distributed the first batch of vaccines equitably, a symbolic amount of 9,750 doses. “We are at the beginning of the end.
The principle is the vaccine and the aim is to immunize all Spaniards, to defeat the virus. But let’s not get confused: there are months ahead that will not be easy ”, the minister has warned. Illa has asked “not to lower our guard” and has warned that the epidemic curve has risen again and the numbers of infections are “worrying”.
With the first injection to Araceli Hidalgo, 96, Spain started the vaccination campaign against covid-19 this Sunday at the Los Olmos residence in Guadalajara, where the old woman has lived since 2013.
In the next 12 weeks, Illa explained , 4,591,275 doses of this vaccine will be received from Pfizer with which 2,295,638 people from the first risk groups will be immunized: residents and workers of senior centers and health personnel.
The Government will distribute 350,000 weekly doses equitably among the communities every Monday.“It is an unprecedented logistical and health challenge. It is a process that will last a few months, ”said the minister, who recalled that this vaccine requires the administration of a second dose at 21 days and the person is not immunized until 28 days after the first injection.
The expected medium-term scenario is that several vaccines coexist at the same time. In addition to the immunization of Pfizer, the European Medicines Agency (EMA, for its acronym in English), plans to give its opinion on the vaccine of the Modern pharmaceutical company on January 6 and everything indicates that the decision will be favorable.
Illa also recalled that there are two other immunizations – that of Astrazeneca-Oxford and that of Janhsen – under review by the EMA. “From the first stage, with the forecast that we have of other vaccines and delivery of doses, in May or June, around 15 or 20 million people would be vaccinated and in summer they would be more important figures, in Spain and Europe”, the minister has indicated.
For now, however, Illa has appealed to “prudence.” “We cannot lower our guard, particularly on Christmas days, we tend to increase mobility,” he warned. The evolution of the epidemic curve does not accompany and vaccination is only beginning.
“The data is worrying. There is a change in trend that was recorded last week. We came from five weeks of descent and this was interrupted ”, he indicated. The accumulated incidence in Spain, in fact, has once again exceeded the extreme risk threshold stipulated by Health of 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, and this Thursday stood at 266.
The minister has pointed out the origin of the rebound in “the relaxation of measures at the beginning of December.” “All the communities have made an assessment and have applied a range of decisions, such as those we learned about yesterday from Extremadura and Madrid.
We must follow the recommendations of the health authorities to the letter. May the joys of these days not be crying on Three Kings Day. Those who receive the vaccine today will have to maintain all the measures for 28 days ”, he insisted.