The Junta de Andalucía is set to announce its mass coronavirus vaccination plans

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • 'We are ready to vaccinate seven days a week, 24 hours a day in all provinces,' said spokesman Elías Bendodo

The Junta de Andalucía is preparing the ground to begin a massive vaccination of the large population groups once it receives guarantees that it will receive sufficient doses.

The regional government's spokesman, Elías Bendodo, announced this Sunday (14 February) that the plan to locate large vaccination centres in each of the provincial capitals will be detailed at a meeting of the Junta’s ministers this Tuesday.

“Vaccination is synonymous with the beginning of the end of the crisis and Andalucía wants to be the first to take the road of recovery. For this reason, on Tuesday we will present a plan for the whole of Andalucía because we cannot waste a minute,” said Bendodo.

"Andalucía is ready to vaccinate seven days a week, 24 hours a day in all provinces," reiterated Bendodo, who demanded more vaccines and more direct aid for sectors affected by the pandemic from the central government.

"We need the government of Spain to assume its responsibility, send us more vaccines and pitch in to give direct aid to sectors such as hotels and tourism that have been the most affected."

The Junta’s spokesperson asked the government "to stand firm before the European Union to demand that the pharmaceutical companies comply with the delivery of the vaccines."

Along similar lines, the Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, explained that the Junta's requests for more vaccines are directed to the Spanish government because "it is the transmission belt with the EU, so they are asked to take the appropriate steps."

Maintain measures

Speaking to SER, Aguirre also pointed out the importance of undertaking this long-awaited mass vaccination. "The higher the volume of vaccination, the sooner the recovery will begin," he stressed, in addition to thanking the offer that the regional government is receiving from city, town and provincial councils as well as private institutions to make large venues available to be able to vaccinate large population groups.

The politician has again appealed to the public "not to lower their guard" against Covid-19 and has defended continuing with the containment restrictions.

"Until we are clear that the volume of people vaccinated is sufficient, we are going to maintain measures to minimise the number of hospital admissions and deaths," he said.