Within minutes of starting first stage of vaccination with Sputnik V, which will be directed at health personnel affected to the first line of care against coronavirus, the Buenos Aires Minister of Health, Fernán Quirós said that “technical information is needed before the next installment”, after the controversy unleashed yesterday about the adverse effects that the doses caused in some people.
Already at the door of hospital Argerich, where this first stage in the City officially began, the minister insisted: “We are convinced that confidence in vaccines is achieved by providing technical information, that we will surely have it in the coming weeks, and avoid this wear that does nothing. The Nation made a huge effort to bring the vaccine. “Quirós said that, for now, local officials will not be inoculated:” We will be vaccinated when it is our turn.
As in the rest of the Argentine districts, in the city of Buenos Aires today they began to inoculate with the vaccine Sputnik V. 23,100 health workers will receive the first component of the vaccine, called AD-26, and about three weeks later, the second dose.
Each person who receives the vaccine will be accompanied by active clinical monitoring through phone calls and early alerts will be activated in the event of side effects, the minister reported at his usual health press conference.
Quirós indicated that as “there is a confirmed shipment, they will inform who is responsible for continuing to vaccinate.” It is estimated that 1,100,000 residents of the City will be inoculated.
In the first stage of vaccination, there will be 17 vaccination centers in public hospitals, mainly those in Agudos (Argerich, Piñero, Penna, Ramos, Vélez Sarsfield, Fernández, Álvarez and Tornú) and the two Children’s hospitals (Elizalde and Gutiérrez). In addition, agreements were signed with 20 private institutions who met the necessary requirements, such as storage, to participate in the vaccination plan.
The first five workers vaccinated at Argerich Hospital:
- Karina De La Iglesia, nurse: she entered the hospital in 2011. From 2017 to 2019 she served in the vaccination center. She is currently the head of Nursing at the Intensive Care Unit B.
- Marcia Pozzati, biochemist: she is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She began her career at Argerich in 1991. In 1996, she began working in the Virology service. Since 2007 she has been in charge of the Molecular Biology Laboratory.
- Fabiana Geliberti, doctor: she did her residency at the Argerich from 1995 to 1999, and the following year she was head of residents. He is a specialist in Geriatrics and performs shifts in the hospital.
- Laura Fuertes, kinesiologist: she completed her residency at the Argerich and is now part of the kinesiology team.
- Alberto Lannia, orderly: he has served in the hospital since 2012 and is currently the head of orderly for the night and weekend shift.
Alert for the increase in cases in the last 15 days
Quieros warned this morning: “We have an increase in cases that we have to attend to.” In the last 15 days, the daily average of infected went from 300 cases to 600.
According to Quirós, it is people between the ages of 15 and 50 who are getting the most ill in these last two weeks – in most of those infected they are mild cases that do not require hospitalization – “but that’s how the curve begins.” “You have to keep wearing the mask systematically. It is important that we continue to focus on this. We need the cases to go down in January “, the minister warned.
X-ray of the pandemic in the City
- Total infected: 171,097
- Registrations so far: 145,639
- Deaths: 5850
- Registry during the last 24 hours: 872 new cases and 21 deaths
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