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Andalucía starts coronavirus vaccinations on Sunday with almost 2,000 doses

Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. / REUTERS
  • The first vaccines will be administered in care homes for the elderly across the eight provinces of the region

On Sunday, 27 December, a total of 1,980 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 will arrive in Andalucía and on the same day the regional government will start vaccinating the elderly in residential homes across the eight provinces.

This was confirmed on Wednesday by the Junta's Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, in an interview on Canal Sur Radio.

"1,980 doses will come in 396 vials," said the minister and he confirmed that Andalucía has 73 mobile teams prepared for the task.

Aguirre explained that, as of Sunday, "Every week we will receive vaccines at minus 80 degrees Celsius at the distribution centres established in Seville and Granada, from where they will be distributed periodically to all vaccination teams."

He said that Andalucía has accredited 45 primary care centres and 37 hospitals for the vaccination campaign, as well as 177 vaccination teams, mainly made up of nursing personnel who have been trained on how to administer the Pfizer vaccine.

In line with national government guidelines the health minister said that they will roll-out the vaccination campaign with the elderly in residences, followed by health and social health personnel in the centres, followed by public and private health workers in the region

About 800,000 doses by March

Aguirre has said Andalucía expects to receive about 800,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of March which would serve about 400,000 people, around six per cent of the Andalusian population, given that each person needs two doses.

He pointed out that he hopes that the region will also soon start receiving supplies of the Moderna vaccine once the European Medicines Agency authorises it.

Aguirre underlined that in Andalucía, "We are prepared to deliver a very high volume of vaccinations in a short space of time."

Stability in data

Regarding the current coronavirus situation in Andalucía, he explained that the cumulative incidence rate has been fluctuating between 134 and 139 confirmed cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days for about six days.

He indicated that the data on hospital occupancy and intensive care unit beds is currently good in Andalucía and lower than the national average, but this "should not mislead us", because we must continue to be alert and very concerned seeing the trend of other regions and other European countries.

"We are preparing to tackle a third wave, if it comes, in the best possible way," said Jesús Aguirre, who reiterated that the Junta’s Ministry of Health holds "a daily meeting or videoconference involving epidemiology and public health teams".

He said that on 26 December they would meet again "to decide whether on the 28th, according to the figures we have received, we will have to take any further restrictive protocols or whether the measures already agreed upon until 10 January are maintained".