The historic vaccination scheme began simultaneously in all provinces, where in the last hours they received the doses in the framework of an operation that included hundreds of preservatives, tons of dry ice and a large number of trucks for its logistics.
The Minister of Health, Ginés González García , stressed that the “joint” work for today to start the national vaccination plan, also “the equity” with which the operation was arranged and thanked “everyone, but particularly the health workers, who have worked with much greater risk , have responded and continue to respond. “
“Today is a beautiful day for Argentines, it is a true epic to carry out the largest vaccination campaign in Argentina, with equity and equal rights”, said González García.
The Minister of Health was accompanied by the Secretary of Access to Health, Carla Vizzotti. Both supervised the operation deployed at the “Professor Alejandro Posadas” Hospital, located in the Buenos Aires district of Morón, where they received the first doses Francisco Traverso, UTI doctor; Flavia Loiacono, medical therapist; Miguel Soto, ICU nurse; Viviana Acosta, virologist; Lorena del valle, UTI kinesiologist; and Ana María Antonaccio, of hospital hygiene.
Kicillof was confident that “today is the beginning of the end of the pandemic in Argentina.” The governor applied the Sputnik V dose around 8.30 in the emblematic San Martín hospital, located on Calle 70 between 1 and 115, in the city of La Plata.
The Buenos Aires president was accompanied by the provincial vice minister of Health, Nicolás Kreplak, who also applied the vaccine.
In addition to Kicillof, the governors of Chaco, Jorge Capitanich; Corrientes, Gustavo Valdés and La Pampa, Sergio Ziliotto, are some of the provincial leaders who have already applied the first dose of Sputnik V.
“They have just given me the vaccine against COVID-19. We have already begun to vaccinate the health workers of La Pampa who daily put the body to take care of us. Today we begin the path to immunize many Pampas and thus end this scourge”, Ziliotto published on his social networks.
For its part, Valdes, Governor of Corrientes, the first dose of Sputnik V was also applied. “The campaign is free and voluntary, so it is key that we all get vaccinated to take care of our health and that of others,” he said.
Based on the results of a pilot test, it was determined that the process to receive the dose can take between 8 and 12 minutes, from the moment the person arrives, is vaccinated, registered and leaves the health center with their card, in a device that requires a large number of people working in each instance
Each city in the country received a proportionate of the 300 thousand doses that arrived in the country last week from Russia.
Of the total doses, the following distribution was established: Buenos Aires 123,000 vaccines; Santa Fe 24,100; the city of Buenos Aires 23,100; Cordoba 21,900; Tucuman 11,500; Mendoza 11,000; Between Rivers 10,100; Jump 8,300; Chaco 7,700; Current 6,700; Santiago del Estero 5,900; Missions 5,200; San Juan 4,700; Jujuy 4,600; Rio Negro 4,400; Neuquen 3,600; Formosa 3,400; St. Louis 3,300; Chubut 3,000; Catamarca 2,800; La Rioja 2,600; Santa Cruz 2,400; La Pampa 2,300 and Tierra del Fuego 1,300.
The mega vaccination operation is expected to continue in January, when five million doses of Sputnik V will arrive in the country. In the last 24 hours, another 218 people died and 7,216 were reported with coronavirus, with a total of 42,650 deaths officially registered at the national level and 1,590,513 those infected since the beginning of the pandemic.
Vaccination in Córdoba
In the province of Córdoba, vaccination against the coronavirus began at the Córdoba Convention Center, Brigadier General Juan Bautista Bustos, a space that has been conditioned to carry out the corresponding immunizations to the city of Córdoba.
In that sense, the first to receive the Sputnik V vaccine were: Ana Crinejo (Infectious Physician) of the Rawson Hospital, Juan Pablo Caeiro (Infectious Physician) of the Private Hospital, Patricia Anabel Benegas (Nurse) of the Allende Sanatorium, Sergio Molina (Cleaning Service) of the San Roque Hospital and Gonzalo Manuel Castro (Microbiologist) Laboratory Central.
The placement of the doses will continue throughout the day, until 20, with the health personnel affected to intensive care areas and will continue in the following days.