The Junta de Andalucía's spokesperson, Elías Bendodo, has stated that the fifth wave of Covid-19 "is under control" in Andalucía, but has once again called on the almost 600,000 unvaccinated people, over the age of 12, in the region to act responsibly and have a coronavirus jab.
Bendodo said, "Not being vaccinated is not a personal decision for the simple fact that it affects the people around you."
The Junta spokesperson was speaking during the official opening of a smart operating room at Malaga’s Regional Hospital this Monday, 11 October. He highlighted that the accumulated incidence in Andalucía has dropped to 32, "nothing like the 1,000 cases at the end of spring"; and there are about 200 people in Andalucía admitted to hospitals with coronavirus, "a long way off the 5,000 that we had a few months ago."
"Therefore the progression is positive and we can say that the fifth wave is under control in Andalucía without a doubt," said Bendodo who again called for "responsibility", pointing out that in May "there was talk of almost being back to normal in summer and then the Delta variant emerged that ruined everything.”
Bendodo reminded that "now it seems that we are doing very well" and reiterated that "the vaccine is the best tool" and "it is working", since, he pointed out, "in the last 15 days that capacity and opening hour restrictions have been progressively lifted.”
“We had some fear that there would be an upturn in infections, but it has not happened so far,” he added.
To date, 92 per cent of those over 12 years of age in Andalucía have had a dose of the vaccine and 90 per cent of the target population over 12 years of age are already fully-vaccinated, in addition to the fact that the third dose is already being administered in certain sectors such as the elderly in nursing homes and those with weakened immune systems.
But Bendodo admitted the Junta is concerned about the "significant percentage of people in Andalucía", specifically the 595,954 people over 12 years of age, who have not been vaccinated. He said that the Andalusian Government had made "all kinds of efforts” to encourage people to be vaccinated and the number has fallen from 780,000 some three weeks ago to the current figure.