The Community of Madrid limits to two cases the people vaccinated irregularly in the Casablanca Valdesur residence (Valdemoro), which sneaked into the vaccination of relatives of its employees, as advanced elDiario.es. These are the conclusions of the investigation opened by the Ministry of Health. Sources from this department assure that they have only identified two people who were administered the vaccine “in an inappropriate way, not complying with the established prioritization agreed as the Vaccination Strategy against Covid-19” of the health authorities.
The regional government comes to this conclusion, despite the fact that the leadership of the group that manages the residence acknowledged that they had given doses to priests, volunteers and close associates of the center’s professionals, after this wording revealed the irregularity. “With the sole aim of taking advantage of 100% of the doses received and protecting the elders of our residences as much as possible, several priests who assist us spiritually in the centers of the group have been vaccinated, volunteers who are in contact with the elders of usual way and some higher risk family members of some employees, “the company said in a statement.
They do not clarify what will happen with the second dose of those affected
Although the company acknowledged the facts in its public response and cited three groups of those affected, the Ministry of Health assures that “the result of its investigation” shows that only two people received a dose irregularly. These affected are identified in the vaccination registry, from there this department does not clarify what will happen with the second dose that the detected cases should receive.
Last Tuesday, January 5, the Valdesur residence diverted vaccines from the plan established by the regional government to provide them to relatives of its workers who, according to the order of priorities established by the health authorities, do not have the right in this phase. Once the immunization process was finished, when leaving the center for the elderly, two workers recognized elDiario.es quite naturally that one of their relatives had also received a dose.
The workers recognized the irregularity
“Yes, yes, yes. They have offered to relatives,” answered a worker of the group to this medium when asked if the possibility of vaccination had been offered to relatives of the staff. This professional also admitted that she herself had accompanied a relative. Minutes before, another doctor consulted by this newsroom, who carries out her work in another center of the company, provided the same version: “The medical director has personally managed it with me.” “I think it is a favor that they do us because the doctors [de la empresa] We are foreigners, so we can go home, “she said. She herself said that 50 vaccines had been given early this Tuesday morning, most of them among the staff, but also” a few exceptions. “” Like my husband. “he admitted.
The day before these events occurred, a source from elDiario.es had alerted this newsroom and provided the time and place of the appointment and alerted the profiles to whom the vaccine was going to be provided at the residence of Valdemoro. “We were aware in the company that the offer to relatives was being made,” said this person, linked to the company.
The professionals consulted on January 5 first thing in the morning at Valdesur’s door admitted such practices because, according to what they said, “there is nothing to hide.” The naturalness with which the workers had assumed the privilege of their families disappeared as soon as the medical director of the business group appeared and realized the conversations that the workers had had with elDiario.es. The company’s health officer then chose to deny that irregularities were being committed.
Before the news was published, at all times, both the medical officer and the president of the group, Ignacio Fernández-Cid, assured that they had not vaccinated workers’ families. According to sources from the Ministry of Health, they were also given the same justification: doses had only been supplied “to residents and social health professionals.”
The company changed version
The company chose to change the version hours after this newsroom published what happened in the vaccination process on January 5. The Casablanca group issued a statement on January 6 acknowledging that they had “detected some anomalies in the selection of non-resident Covid19 vaccinated people” in that senior center.
After confirming the irregularity, the Community of Madrid must decide how it will act against the residence for violating the vaccination strategy promoted by the health authorities. The Casablanca group may face sanctions that reach 15,000 euros, said the director of Public Health, Elena Andradas, on Friday. The group has another seven more nursing homes in the Community of Madrid and has not clarified whether it has also irregularly vaccinated more people in any of these centers, in addition to Valdesur.
The Director of Public Health confirmed that the regional government has limited itself only to investigating the practices of the residence uncovered by elDiario.es and does not consider inquiring about what the others may be doing. The Madrid Executive has always wanted to downplay it. Last week the Minister of Justice, Enrique López, considered it “an anecdote.”
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