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Spain injects the first recipient, aged 96, with Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

The first person receives the Pfizer jab at the Los Olmos care home in Guadalajara.
The first person receives the Pfizer jab at the Los Olmos care home in Guadalajara. / EFE
  • The historic moment as the national roll out of the coronavirus vaccination campaign began in the country

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."

Two health teams from the Guadalajara University Hospital travelled to the care home to administer the vaccine with the support of the Los Olmos medical team.

They then proceeded to vaccinate the rest of the residents and care givers.

The Los Olmos residence suffered from the effects of the pandemic in the first couple of months. Two residents who had positive tests died with the coronavirus. But since June not a single further case has been recorded.

The first doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine arrived safely in Spain after the lorry that carried the two containers with the doses crossed the border from France and Spain on Christmas Day.

On Saturday morning, at 7.30am, the shipment arrived at the logistics plant that the pharmaceutical company Pfizer owns in Guadalajara - after having spent the night at the Guardia Civil headquarters in Lerma (Burgos).

From Guadalajara, the doses were distributed throughout Saturday to the 50 vaccination points around the country so that vaccinations can start early on Sunday.

Andalucía

On Sunday, 27 December, a total of 1,980 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 had arrived in Andalucía and the regional government started vaccinating the elderly in residential homes across the eight provinces.

The Junta's Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, confirmed that Andalucía has 73 mobile teams prepared for the task.

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.

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.