The Junta de Andalucía is urging all pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid-19, and also the nearly 50,000 people in Andalucía, some 0.60% of the population, who have so far rejected a vaccine.
To help with process, the Ministry of Health has set up a total of 93 drop-in vaccination points, without the need for prior appointment, mostly along the coast and in tourist towns, according to the director of the Andalusian Vaccination Plan, David Moreno. The locations, which can be found the on the department's website, will offer people over 12 years of age either a dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
The Junta is also going to intensify its campaign to persuade around 50,000 people, around 0.60% of the population in the region - that have so far refused to be jabbed, highlighting the proven benefits of the vaccine to mitigate the serious effects of the disease.
An emphasis is also being placed to reach pregnant women due to their greater risk of more serious effects if infected, points out David Moreno.
So far, two pregnant women have died from Covid at the Virgen del Rocío hospital in Seville after giving birth to their babies, who were not affected by the disease. In addition, there are a total of 28 pregnant women who are in hospital, of which seven are seriously ill and are admitted to intensive care units.
Most of the pregnant women being treated in hospital were not vaccinated, except for two who had received only one dose.
According to Moreno, vaccination offers «protection to pregnant women and that of their babies is reinforced, since they will be born with defences transferred from their mother, which reduces the risk of complications due to the virus in their first months of life».
Currently in Andalucía 46.7 per cent of pregnant women already have the complete vaccination schedule, while two out of three pregnant women (66.7 per cent) already have at least one dose.
In the Junta's Health department, headed by Jesús Aguirre, there are also concerns about the nearly one thousand workers in nursing homes who also refuse to be vaccinated, so weekly tests are being carried out and legal authorisation though the courts has even been requested to force all staff to undergo the tests.