Amid the strong expectations and also the mistrust generated by a certain lack of scientific information, the operation to apply the first 300 thousand doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus began this Tuesday simultaneously throughout the country, which in this This stage is exclusively for Health personnel.
The vaccination scheme began at 9 am in all the provinces, which in the last hours received the doses in the framework of an operation that It included hundreds of conservators, tons of dry ice and a large number of trucks for its logistics.
The Buenos Aires Governor, Axel Kicillof, the Buenos Aires Vice Minister of Health, Nicolás Kreplak, and a nurse, were the first to receive the dose of the immunization developed by the Gamaleya center.
Based on the results of a pilot test, it was determined that the process to receive the dose can take between 8 and 12 minutesFrom the moment the person arrives, they are vaccinated, registered and leaves the health center with their card, in a device that requires a large number of people working in each instance.
In the city of Buenos Aires, the vaccine will be applied -through a shift system- in 37 hospitals: 17 from the public health system and 20 from the private (or dependent on other jurisdictions).
According to the Buenos Aires government, the first five doses will be applied to professionals at the Argerich Hospital, located in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Boca. Specifically, the head of Nursing, a biochemist from the Molecular Biology Laboratory, a doctor, a kinesiologist and the head of Camilleros.
As in the rest of the jurisdictions, the first to receive dose “1” from Sputnik will be workers from the Intensive Care Units, the guards, the laboratories that handle COVID-19 samples and the ambulances, since They are the ones who transport people infected with Covid-19. They will be applied by professionals who were trained online by the Ministry led by Fernán Quirós.
As for the province of Buenos Aires, the first stage of the vaccination plan started this Tuesday at 9:30 (as in the rest of the country) in 110 hospitals in 89 municipalities Buenos Aires, where the Russian vaccine will arrive, no later than Wednesday.
In this case, a shift system was organized through the official site vacunatepba.gba.gob.ar. According to the portfolio led by Daniel Gollan, there were 315 thousand registered. The plan will continue to prioritize Security and Education workers; people over 60 years old and those between 18 and 59 years old who are at risk groups for presenting pre-existing diseases.
Each province received a proportionate of the 300,000 doses that arrived in the country last week from Russia. However, there are “winners” and “losers” in this first cast. For example, the province of Buenos Aires receives 41 percent of vaccines (123 thousand) and has 34 percent of the country’s doctors and nurses. You could vaccinate 85 percent of your plant.
The City of Buenos Aires, on the other hand, was assigned 7 percent of Russian vaccines (23,100) and its health professionals represent 18.4 percent of those in Argentina. With that amount of dose, it could vaccinate 30 percent of those in this jurisdiction.
In addition, Córdoba will receive 21,900 doses; 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.
When analyzing province by province, those that appear above the average coverage are those that have achieved a “Sputnik share” higher than their number of professionals. In addition to the Buenos Aires case, it occurs with Catamarca, Córdoba, Corrientes, Entre Ríos, Formosa, La Pampa, La Rioja, Misiones, San Juan, San Luis, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Santiago del Estero and Tucumán.
On the other side, in addition to the City of Buenos Aires, there are Chubut, Jujuy, Neuquén, Mendoza, Río Negro, Salta and Tierra del Fuego. They are the ones who somehow “pay” the deficit: in this first stage there are only 300 thousand doses to distribute and the doctors and nurses from all over the country total 418,150, according to official data from the Ministry of Health.
The national average coverage, based on the current availability of Sputnik V, it would be 76 percent if the goal were to vaccinate all doctors and nurses. Fifteen provinces match or are above that ratio. Nine districts are below average. The priority will be those who are in the first line of fire against the coronavirus.
“It is emblematic because we can begin to vaccinate people and give immunity to those who are most at risk, which is the health personnel,” Alberto Fernández told President Monday.
Among scientists, doctors and nurses, doubts remain. Largely because the details of the vaccine have not yet been published in a scientific journal, something that, as confirmed to Clarín by the Russian Fund for Direct Investment, is only scheduled for early January. Referents of different associations and health unions agree on the lack of information although they assure that, despite that, they will apply it