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First batch of vaccines to arrive are given to care home residents and hospital staff

Eugenia, the first care home resident in Malaga to get the vaccine.
Eugenia, the first care home resident in Malaga to get the vaccine. / SUR
  • Some 130 people locally were vaccinated on the first day of the EU-wide rollout, but mass vaccination will not ramp up until into January

"I’m not scared, I’m calm; I don’t feel nervous," said 88 year-old Eugenia as she sat waiting to become the first person in Malaga province to be vaccinated against Covid-19 last Sunday. "This has got to be done, that’s that," she added.

Eugenia, a resident in a care home in the El Palo district of Malaga city, was one of 130 people locally to be injected with the first of their two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Last Sunday was the first day that people across the countries of the EU started getting the vaccine, and the Andalucía region had some 2,000 injections to give out. This was more of a token start to the massive campaign ahead, with more doses not expected to arrive until this week and the real volume of vaccinations due to start in January, when some 70,000 doses a week are expected to be delivered to the region.

Among those receiving the jab with Eugenia were 73 residents at the same home and six staff.

Across Malaga city a little later on Sunday, 50 staff from a variety of departments at the large Hospital Clínico had been selected as the first recipients. The first here was José Luis Velasco, a lung specialist at the hospital.

The vaccinations continued on Monday with 100 residents at the main care home in Estepona.

In Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, there will be 38 vaccination hubs that people will be directed to, of which 15 will be mobile to go out to care homes and other centres.

Nationally, a resident and a carer at the Los Olmos care home in Guadalajara, to the north-east of Madrid, were the first two people in Spain to receive doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday morning.

At 96-years-old Araceli, the oldest resident of the care home, confessed, “I was a little nervous.”