A total of 581,638 people have already received the COVID vaccine in Spain, according to data from the autonomous communities compiled by the Ministry of Health this Wednesday. This amount represents an average of 52.7% compared to the 1,103,700 delivered by Health to the regional councils. The figure is, in percentage terms, lower than that of Tuesday, when vaccination was at 65.6%, although the decline is partly due to the fact that the vaccines distributed yesterday have been included in the calculation, and that the communities have not had time to use. The data provided by Health includes the period since December 27, when the Pfizer vaccines began to be received.
Regarding the distribution by autonomous communities, Madrid continues in the last position of injected doses. Exactly one out of every three vaccines received (33.4%) has been used in the region, a figure slightly lower than the previous day in a context in which all regions have reduced their percentages. Only the Basque Country and the Balearic Islands are, together with Madrid, below 40% of vaccination with 37.6% and 38.4%, respectively, although in the case of Euskadi the number of injected doses corresponds to Tuesday. Madrid is up to date.
The vice president of the Community of Madrid, Ignacio Aguado, assured this Wednesday that in Madrid “the problem is not in the rate of vaccination, but in not having enough doses”, after being asked why the region is at the tail with respect to other communities regarding injections of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19, reports Fátima Caballero. “Next week we will lack doses to vaccinate the population,” Aguado predicted, insisting that Madrid keep a dose of the vaccines it receives for each injected person for when the second dose has to be given. According to this theory of the vice president, the region will not go above 50% vaccination at least until it begins to inject the second dose.
Among the regions that have used the most vaccines, the Valencian Community appears this Wednesday as the one with the best percentage, replacing Asturias at the top of the table. In Valencia they have used 77.5% of the doses received, while Asturias has dropped from 94.6% to 71.4%. The only site in Spain that today has used 100% of the vaccines received is Melilla.
This first phase, from January to March, the vaccination covers all users of residences, health and large dependents. As of March, it is intended to reach other population groups, up to approximately 70% of the total population in summer. The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, set this week’s objective at a press conference on Tuesday: to ensure that all users and professionals of nursing homes are vaccinated before Sunday. On Monday, January 18, the second dose of Pfizer should be given to the first people who were vaccinated, on December 27, including Araceli Hidalgo, in Guadalajara. The Pfizer vaccine is a double dose, requiring two pricks 21 days apart.
Despite the fact that the first 35,700 doses of the Moderna pharmaceutical company arrived in Spain yesterday, the data correspond exclusively to the Pfizer vaccine, reports Health in its statement. Those of Moderna were transported from Belgium to the Ministry of Health, and between this Wednesday and Thursday they will be distributed “equitably” by all the autonomous communities. Moderna’s come to reinforce vaccination, which until now has only been carried out with Pfizer. Iran more remittances arriving: 52,000 doses in the fourth week of January; 127,900 the first of February; and 383,900 the third of February. “From there, we are working with the company to inform us of the subsequent delivery dates,” Health Minister Salvador Illa explained yesterday. Those from Pfizer arrive weekly: so far there have been three shipments of 350,000 units, the last one on Monday, Monday 11, which due to the storm did not reach Madrid but was distributed from Vitoria and Barcelona.
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