The mayors small socialists Alicante towns of El Verger, Ximo Coll, and Els Poblets, Carolina Vives, which are also couple, have been vaccinated against covid19 despite not being part of the risk groups because there were several doses left over that had been sent to the local health center.
In statements, he mayor of El Verger has reported that Last Friday the head of the health center called him for explain that there were seven doses left of the sent to vaccinate health personnel because two workers were in quarantine, another two had the flu and three more preferred not to inject it.
He has insured what “without hiding or bad faith“ he went with his wife, that she is mayor of the neighboring town of Els Poblets, and that they were given the vaccines. In addition, another five leftover doses were given to local police officers and of the Civil Guard that at that time served in the locality.
According to Coll, that in addition to mayor has the competences of Social Services and Health, from the health center they told him that Once removed from the freezer, the doses were mixed and had a shelf life of between 6 and 7 hours, so it was convenient that they take advantage.
He has reported that even he and his wife photos were taken of the moment of the vaccine with the idea of distributing them when the time comes to “incite people to put it on”, given that some of the neighbors are afraid or are somewhat reluctant.
“Was it better to throw them away?”, the mayor of El Verger wondered aloud, who does not see himself as “privileged but”, on the contrary, “a guinea pig”. It has continued that the vaccine “I don’t take it from anyone” since the 4,620 inhabitants of El Verger and the around 2,500 of Els Poblets (who go to the same health center) will receive their doses, so that theirs “will be two less to put later.”
In a meeting of municipal spokespersons held today in El Verger, the representatives of the opposition, PP and Compromís, have asked him and have made him ugly what happened. The mayor, who has been in office since 2015 and who is a plumber by profession, has admitted his surprise at the media uproar caused and has regretted that the opposition focuses on this and not on what he considers good management of the city council during the pandemic of covid19.
Has added that, as mayor, since last March he has been almost daily in the health center doing different tasks therefore, like the local police and the Civil Guard, it is usually exposed to the possibility of contracting the virus
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