The Junta de Andalucía's spokesman, Elías Bendodo, has announced that 70 per cent of the population in the region, over 12 years of age, will be fully vaccinated «by the end of this week.»
It is a significant figure, since the experts set this percentage as the one necessary to arrive at the so-called group or 'herd' immunity and thus stop the spread of the coronavirus. However, the evolution of the pandemic and the detection of new virus variants mean that this percentage of people vaccinated is no longer sufficient.
Bendodo has recognised the increase in healthcare pressure in Andalusian hospitals due to the increase in coronavirus infections, but has assured that «there is still room in the region's public health to fight against the fifth wave.»
The spokesman also reminded vaccination appointments are now open for the 18 and 19 year olds and that from this Thursday (5 August) they will be opened for the those aged 16 and 17.
The Junta will also start jabbing the over-12s in August with the objective of them starting the new school year vaccinated.