The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has said he hopes to have half of the Andalusian population of eight million people vaccinated by early next summer.
He made the announcement on Sunday at the start of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign in the region.
However, Moreno said the vaccination of more than four million people across Andalucía by summer will depend on the supply of doses provided by Spain’s Ministry of Health each week.
The president said he was "excited and hopeful" with the start of the vaccination against Covid-19, which he considered a "first step" to soon regain the normality lost due to the pandemic.
The region administered almost 2,000 ‘symbolic’ doses on Sunday to launch the campaign but it is expected that the region will receive around 70,000 doses on a weekly basis.
According to the president, this will mean the first phase of the campaign during the month of January they will concentrate on the elderly in care homes and the staff that care for them.
In the second phase, through until the end of March, he said that health professionals will receive the vaccine.
The head of the regional government said that Andalucía has about 180 vaccination points distributed in 45 health centres and 37 hospitals across all provinces and 73 mobile teams to dispense the doses in centres for the elderly and care homes.
In addition, Moreno stressed that the health department has 500 professionals trained for these vaccination tasks.
Moreno pointed out that the objective of the Junta is to recover and achieve "complete normality, which is what the Andalusians as a whole want”.
He encouraged all Andalusians not to be afraid of the vaccine so that they take a step forward out of "moral responsibility" and in this way take advantage of the possibility that science has given us to end Covid-19.
"With this vaccine we not only protect ourselves, but also our loved ones and the whole of society," Moreno stressed.