Junta sets new ambitious summer target for vaccination against Covid-19

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  • The regional government's Minister of Health has warned that the vaccination plan will last at least one year as it is necessary to be prepared for the possible appearance of new strains of the coronavirus

The Junta de Andalucía expects to reach the summer with half of the population vaccinated. This has been stated by the regional minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, in a regional parliamentary appearance.

But he warned that the vaccination plan, which will be presented before the Junta’s Governing Council next Tuesday, “is for several months, or possibly for a year or more”.

The Junta de Andalucía will approve, next Tuesday, the vaccination 'Plan 500,000', which refers to the number of weekly doses to be administered in the region, and which includes the planning of mass vaccination points.

The Health minister drew attention to the need for vaccinations to be carried out away from health centres, except in small towns, to avoid crowds of people and the consequent risk of infections.

According to Aguirre, the Covid vaccination strategy implemented by the regional government is working well, delivering an average of 150,000 doses per week, and it is expected that at the end of April or the beginning of May there will be a massive increase in the delivery of vaccines.

With the implementation of the plan, the Junta forecasts that between 50 and 60 per cent of the population will be vaccinated by June, although Aguirre has warned that the vaccination strategy will last at least one year, so it is important to have adequate mass vaccination centres for the duration.

He pointed out that it is impossible to know if new strains or variants of the virus will appear in the future that will force the campaign to continue for longer than expected.