A stock of four million vaccines are not applied throughout the country, according to what the Public Vaccination Monitor reports. Of that total, almost half is in the province of Buenos Aires, and the rest distributed in the other 23 jurisdictions.
The reasons that argue from the Nation and from the provinces regarding the delays are diverse: logistical issues, missing shifts, a huge population not yet registered, people who want to apply a dose from a specific laboratory and even recommendations from “anti-vaccines” sectors that delay immunization processes.
In the province of Buenos Aires there are, to date, 1,859,586 vaccines available but they have not yet been applied. Leticia Ceriani, Undersecretary of Information Management of the provincial Ministry of Health, gave a curious reason in the last hours: there are those who want to choose which vaccine to be given.
“On the one hand, there are those who have not had access to the information or the necessary means to get vaccinated,” Ceriani said, but he also clarified that there are those who “wait to get vaccinated when a certain vaccine arrives,” in an interview given to radio La Red.
Leticia Ceriani, along with Carlos Bianco, at a press conference in the Province.
Buenos Aires sources rescue that more than 100,000 shifts are taking place per day and that today, for example, they reached 155,000. Hence that unused stock is covered as the days go by and it remains high due to the arrival of new doses.
Regarding those who did not register and do not have access to the information on the vaccination plan, the Province maintains that the ideal would be to reach “12 million registered“Today there are 9 million who signed up, and about 7.7 million who, between the first and second doses, have already been vaccinated.
Missions It is the province with the highest number of unused vaccines. One out of every three doses that arrived has not yet been given, even in a context of a jurisdiction where rapid progress was made with the immunization of older adults because it is, in percentage terms, the youngest population in the entire country, with 400,000 children under 18 years of age among the 1.2 million people who inhabit the province.
Alberto Fernández, with Herrera Ahuad, the governor of Misiones, the most delayed province in application of doses.
Local sources consulted by Clarion describe that there is a high number of people who are not informed about the vaccination campaign in the province, but also that different sectors of society reject the application of doses and the use of chinstraps, especially in evangelical centers where, they say, there are pastors who through their messages relativize the impact of the coronavirus on the population.
Nevertheless, there are differences between the number of vaccines used according to the national registry and that reported by the province of Misiones. Although the figures do not change the local vaccination map much.
According to the Nation, Misiones applied 461,559 doses of the 682,350 it received and has a 32.3% not applied. According to provincial data, there were 474,345 vaccines that have already been applied. The percentage of non-application is slightly modified: it is 30.5%.
One of the jurisdictions with the best levels of vaccine application in relation to distribution is the Buenos aires city. However, executive sources clarify that in many cases “They are not doses that are given to the City”, but rather “they are doses that are destined to be applied in the City”. In the Public Vaccination Monitor it is detailed that in the Buenos Aires case almost 200,000 doses were granted by the Ministry of Health to “vaccinations of national entities or other agencies located in jurisdiction.”
A man is vaccinated in his vehicle in Costa Salguero, in the City of Buenos Aires. Photo: Xinhua / Martín Zabala.
At the national level, the argument of the delays in the application has to do with the logistical question. As new doses arrive and are incorporated into the total stock to be distributed, the unused percentages increase, since the health system allows a certain number of shifts to be given.
As reported by Page 12, there are operational issues that delay the departure of the doses that are arriving on the different flights to the vaccination centers: the customs procedure, the verification of each batch of vaccines and the origin of these from the Anmat, and a final count to make sure the vaccines that were purchased were received. From then on comes the distribution stage to the provinces, which usually take 48 hours.