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Andalucía's mass vaccination plan gets green light with 747 sites made available to deliver jabs

A drive through vaccination point. File photograph.
A drive through vaccination point. File photograph. / SUR
  • The so-called Plan 500,000 to deliver half-a-million doses of vaccines a week has been given the go-ahead; the venues and logistics are organised but one thing is still missing...

The infrastructure is ready. The roadmap is set out and approved. But the one thing that is essential for the Junta’s plan to inject 500,000 coronavirus doses a week is missing... the vaccines.

The regional cabinet this Tuesday (2 March) gave the go-ahead for the Plan 500,000 mass vaccination programme and announced there would be 747 sites made available to deliver the jabs.

Regional government spokesman Elías Bendodo said, “The plan will be in force for as long as necessary and will include large outdoor spaces such as sports centres, stadiums, shopping centre car parks, university campuses and bullrings. In smaller towns we will also use the eight mobile units that we have been using for mass screening.”

In order to carry out this vaccination, Andalucía will have “a powerful network of volunteers, retirees and students from different branches of the health sciences with the capacity to administer the vaccines. We have trained 14,000 people to administer them," said Bendodo, who once again appealed for people to be careful: "The incidence rate is decreasing but we cannot relax.”

Bendodo has also said that the vaccination process is progressing "slower than the Junta would like because we do not have the necessary vaccines" and has asked the central government to pressure the European Union so that the region can reach the summer with 70 per cent of the population vaccinated.

The Junta’s Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, explained that there are already 230,000 people vaccinated with the double dose in the region. "This represents 2.64 per cent of the entire Andalusian population and we trust that it will reach six to sevent per cent by the end of March."

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, also spoke about the mass vaccination plan on Twitter and said: “Our community is prepared for mass vaccination: we already have the Plan 500,000, with almost 750 points in Andalucía. Only the most important thing is missing, more doses to achieve the highest possible immunity. Without vaccines there will be no recovery,” he stressed.