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Junta hopes half of Andalucía will be vaccinated by start of the summer

José Luis Velasco, a specialist lung doctor at Malaga’s Hospital Clínico, was among the first to be vaccinated.
José Luis Velasco, a specialist lung doctor at Malaga’s Hospital Clínico, was among the first to be vaccinated. / SUR
  • By Monday 26,000 people had received the first dosis of the Pfizer vaccine, said the regional authority

The vice-president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juan Marín, said on Monday that so far 26,000 people in the region had received the first dosis of the Pfizer vaccine against coronavirus.

The aim, he said, is to have around 800,000 people vaccinated by the end of January, although the rate of administering the jabs depends on supply which "on a global level is being quite slow".

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, said last weekend that he hoped to have half of the Andalusian population of eight million people vaccinated by early next summer.

The first concentrated phase of the campaign in January will focus on the elderly in care homes and the staff who care for them. It will then move on to people working in the healthcare sector, ahead of the general population.

However, Moreno said the vaccination of more than four million people across Andalucía by summer will depend on the supply of doses provided by the national Ministry of Health each week.

The president added that he was “excited and hopeful” with the start of the vaccination against Covid-19, which he considered a “first step” to soon regain the normality lost due to the pandemic.