Sputnik V: Alberto Fernández is meeting with the Governors to define the details of the vaccination campaign

During the weekend, President Alberto Fernández will meet virtually with the governors to define the start of the vaccination campaign.
During the weekend, President Alberto Fernández will meet virtually with the governors to define the start of the vaccination campaign.

President Alberto Fernández is leading, in virtual form, a meeting with the governors of all the provinces to coordinate the start date of the coronavirus vaccination campaign, after the arrival of the 300 thousand doses of Sputnik V.

In the official activity, the governors and the head of the Buenos Aires Government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, will receive confirmation of the amount of vaccines that will be distributed in each of their districts. The start of distribution to the Province and the City of Buenos Aires is scheduled for these days, with delivery times of 12 hours for the Metropolitan area of ​​Buenos Aires.

Present in Olivos, along with the president are the Minister of Health, Ginés González García, the Secretary for Access to Health, Carla Vizzotti, the Secretary General of the Presidency, Julio Vitobello, and the Secretary of Communication and Press, Juan Pablo Biondi.

The Chief of Cabinet Santiago Cafiero He had advanced on Thursday from the Ezeiza international airport that the President would meet “over the weekend with the governors” to continue with the “articulated work” that has been developed since the beginning of the pandemic with the provincial leaders.

The official remarked that this coordination allowed the “good results”Achieved since the beginning of the pandemic and announced that the work methodology based on a“ federal view ”will continue.

The Minister of Health, Ginés González García, confirmed that the national government seeks “start next week”With the vaccination campaign,“ simultaneously in all the provinces ”.

A worker unloads portable refrigerators with doses of the COVID-19 Sputnik V vaccine (Photo: Rreuters)
A worker unloads portable refrigerators with doses of the COVID-19 Sputnik V vaccine (Photo: Rreuters)

The 300 thousand doses of the Sputnik V vaccine that arrived in Ezeiza will be supplied in a first stage to health and sanitary personnel, “Who are the ones who have the most direct and permanent contact with the virus,” the minister recalled.

For their transfer from Russia, the doses were packed in special containers provided by DHL logistics company, which keep the material throughout the trip at a temperature of minus 18 degrees. It was a total of 56 ThermoContainers which were placed on 8 pallets in the hold of the plane, totaling a weight of 9,408 kilos.

Then they were stored in a warehouse in order to start with the separation in different pallet, in order to be distributed in each of the districts according to the health map available to the authorities.

The trucks that moved the vaccine pallets.  (Gustavo Gavotti)
The trucks that moved the vaccine pallets. (Gustavo Gavotti)

The vaccination plan will have 116 thousand members of the vaccination teams, among vaccinators and support staff, and 7,749 health facilities equipped to vaccinate, in addition to 10,000 volunteers who will join through the Activate Program.

The registration process that citizens must follow in order to receive the vaccine application begins with validation of identity and priority with DNI. The data is then uploaded to the digital records with the national system, which, according to the government, “allows nominalized monitoring of vaccinated people in real time.”

After the first dose is applied, a vaccination card with reminder for the application of the 2nd dose, and monitoring of possible adverse events is carried out.

In addition to the 300 thousand doses that were delivered this week, Another 5 million will arrive in January and 14,700,000 in February, with an option to expand by 5 million more.

Meanwhile, the province of Buenos Aires has already set its own date for the start of vaccination. The Buenos Aires Minister of Health, Daniel Gollan, announced that next Monday the health personnel of the Intensive Care Units will begin to be vaccinated, for which they must register and request a shift.

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