Madrid, Apr 2 (EFE) .- The autonomous communities will have new doses of AstraZeneca throughout the morning of this Friday to continue vaccinating the population for the remainder of Easter, at a critical time to gain time for growth of infections that have returned Spain to the high risk of covid transmission.
With the distribution throughout the morning throughout the territory of this latest consignment of one million doses of AstraZeneca, Health guarantees that the communities have reserves to continue vaccinating this Holy Week: “Before they said that they could not vaccinate because there was no Vaccines: there are vaccines. And so with a significant increase every week that passes, “said Minister Carolina Darias.
This consignment, which the Armed Forces will send to Ceuta, Melilla and the Canary Islands, is added to the million that arrived on Monday from the other pharmaceutical companies, and the 1,200,000 doses of Pfizer that the minister has announced that Spain will receive next Monday.
It is about accelerating immunization as much as possible in the face of the increase in infections, which has raised the average incidence to 154 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days and raises fear of a fourth wave, which already threatens many countries in Europe.
After a slow first quarter of the campaign, all hopes are placed on an increase in the arrival of remittances starting this April and progress in protecting the population, since not all the elderly have been vaccinated. age 80 (75% of the population of this age have received at least one dose), and the 70 to 79-year-old group has been left very behind, with only 4.2% in this situation.
For this reason, the vaccination calendar continues to advance on holidays in the large spaces enabled for mass immunization and in health centers, according to the programming that each regional council has made.
Catalonia expects to receive 160,000 doses from the AstraZeneca consignment today, of which 100,000 will be administered from tomorrow, Saturday, throughout the Easter weekend – which lasts until Monday. The rest will be reserved for second doses.
Galicia expects to receive 58,000 doses of AstraZeneca today and will continue with the campaign to immunize people over 80 years of age in health centers during holidays and weekends, since they are the “priority” of the Xunta, which has planned inoculate 100,000 vaccines this week between all your vaccination points. The Galician community will vaccinate in large spaces again from next week.
The Community of Madrid vaccinates today at the Isabel Zendal Hospital, where this Thursday 20,000 elderly and dependents were treated, 10,000 people between 60 and 65 years old, and at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, where another 5,000 were summoned.
The latest incidents in the vaccination campaigns have been registered this Thursday in Seville and Cartagena (Murcia).
A hoax spread on social networks has caused some four thousand people without prior appointment to go this Thursday to the vaccination point of the Sadus university sports center in the Sevillian neighborhood of Los Bermejales, as reported by the Junta de Andalucía.
The false information maintained that those who came to the Sadud center this Holy Thursday could be vaccinated even if they did not have an appointment, just by asking for it.
In Cartagena, 1,600 people born in 1956 and 1957 had been cited but in the first hours only 40 percent have attended the call for Health Area III, which has had to improvise a plan not to waste the vaccines.
This situation occurs one day after Area III of the Murcian Health Service (SMS) was forced to make an appeal through WhatsApp messages and social networks to 64 and 65 year old Lorca residents to go without an appointment to get vaccinated at the Felipe VI sports complex to avoid wasting doses.
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