The Region of Murcia is at the tail of the vaccination campaign against Covid, according to the update published yesterday by the Ministry of Health. Specifically, the Central Administration only has the administration of 10,361 doses, which represents 40.3% of those received in the first two batches from Pfizer. Only the Balearic Islands (36%) and Madrid (25.2%) are behind Murcia.
The figures of the Ministry do not agree with those of the Ministry of Health, which raises the doses injected until yesterday to 14,176 (55% of those received). The existence of a lag is due to the management of the data, which are first uploaded to the server of the Ministry and then must be sent to the Ministry. But this problem does not only affect the Region, and the statistics offered by the Ministry are the only way to compare the situation between communities. In addition, the data for Murcia appear updated as of the 11th, while other regions with a higher percentage of administered doses have not released data since Saturday. This is the case of Andalusia and Asturias. The latter territory had already used 79% of the vaccines received on the 9th.
All in all, the campaign is picking up speed in the Region. Health began yesterday to vaccinate Primary Care professionals, after the immunization process began in public and private hospitals on Friday. That same day, the administration of the first dose in nursing homes and social health centers concluded, according to the Ministry. Only some centers, such as Amavir in Cartagena, which are currently facing Covid outbreaks, are pending vaccination.
Health insists that Murcia is one of the first territories to cover all nursing homes
Health had planned to administer the vaccine to 2,915 health professionals yesterday, in addition to the 3,620 who received it over the weekend. More than 17,000 public health workers and about a thousand private have already requested an appointment to be immunized. The Ministry hopes to complete the vaccination in Primary throughout this week, and in the hospitals “it will not take much longer,” explained Jaime Pérez, spokesman for Health. Then it will be the turn of the large dependents, although only for those who can travel to health centers. Neither the Pfizer nor the Moderna vaccine can be administered at home due to the conservation difficulties posed by the doses, Pérez warned. These people will have to wait for the arrival of other vaccines, probably the one from Oxford, which will be easier to preserve and transport. Those who will be immunized in this first phase are the caregivers of home help services.
The immunization of Primary school professionals will be completed this week, according to forecasts
Faced with criticism for the slow start of the campaign, the spokesman for the Ministry said that the pace “is the one that marks the national strategy”, and defended that “it is not slow to reach all the residences in ten days”, nor begin within that period to vaccinate the toilets. However, he assured that the daily number of doses “will increase” in the coming days.
Spain steps on the accelerator
Two weeks after starting the vaccination campaign, Spain begins to step on the accelerator. During the weekend, and despite the difficulties to maintain the rhythm of inoculations on holidays, the communities managed to administer a total of 128,165 doses, which represents an average of 64,082 punctures per day. A somewhat lower figure than the record for this campaign, which was achieved last Friday with 70,653 injections, but which is above the 50,000 daily doses that the Ministry of Health has set as a daily target for the start of this campaign while the The only supply available is the 350,000 weekly injectables from the Pfizer / BionTech consortium.
The Ministry yesterday distributed the third batch sent by Pfizer to Spain. The Region received another 12,675 doses.
Allergy sufferers should also get vaccinated
The Murcian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (Alergomurcia) stressed yesterday that, at this time, there is no reason to contraindicate vaccination against the coronavirus with the Pfizer-BioNTech preparation in people allergic to drugs or food. “It would only be strictly contraindicated in people with a previous diagnosis of allergy to polyethylene glycol (or other polysorbates), which is extremely rare,” the Society told Europa Press. Vaccination will be carried out in a health center with personnel trained to treat an eventual adverse reaction, so it is a “prudent” measure for any vaccinated person to remain in or near the center for about 15 minutes after the dose. In people with a history of allergies, he estimates that this interval should be extended to 30 minutes.