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The Costa del Sol, with 68%, has the lowest vaccination rate against Covid in Andalucía

In Fuengirola, only 62% of the population has the complete guideline. Torremolinos, meanwhile, has 68.6% of its citizens vaccinated, while in Marbella, Benalmádena and Estepona the figure is 72%

ÁNGEL ESCALERA

Vaccinate, vaccinate and vaccinate. It is the phrase that public health experts repeat the most often as a means of coping with the coronavirus pandemic. But, despite the fact that both Spain and Andalucía have a very high percentage of people vaccinated against Covid, there are some areas where it could be improved

One of them is in the Costa del Sol health district, which with 68 per cent of the population vaccinated, has the lowest percentage in Andalucía. It is a figure much lower than the regional average, which on 23 November was 80.5, while that of Malaga province as a whole was 76.2 per cent, according to data from the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA).

It is significant that of the more than 400,000 people in Andalucía over 12 years of age who have not yet received a single dose against SARS-CoV-2, just over half live in Malaga.

Córdoba is the province where the most people have been Covid jabbed (83 per cent), followed by Jaén (82.7), Granada (81.5), Seville (81.5), Cadiz (81.3), Huelva (81.3) and Almeria (80).

Of all the age groups, those in their thirties are the most reluctant to receive the vaccine, followed by those in their twenties. In contrast, the highest percentage of vaccination occurs in the age group over 80.

Foreign citizens

Sources from the Junta de Andalucía’s Ministry of Health explained to SUR that the lower vaccination coverage against the coronavirus on the Costa del Sol is likely due to the fact that many foreign citizens reside in the area. They indicated that some of these people did not wanted to be jabbed to protect themselves against the virus and that also, some are likely to have been vaccinated in their countries of origin during visits over the last year.

As of 23 November, in the Costa del Sol health district, 382,632 people had been vaccinated. The age group with the most people with the complete schedule was those over 80 years of age (96.9 per cent), followed by those from 70 to 79 (90.5 per cent), 60 to 69 (86.4 per cent), 50 to 59 (85.8 per cent), 40 to 49 (77.8 per cent), 30 to 39 (65 per cent), 20 to 29 (62.5 per cent), and 12 to 19 (72.4 per cent).

On a town-by-town level in Fuengirola, only 62 per cent of the population has the complete guideline, a percentage that drops to 55.9 in the age group 20 to 29 years old. Torremolinos, meanwhile, has 68.6 of its citizens vaccinated, while Marbella and Benalmádena stand at 72 per cent and Estepona 72.1.

Situation by health districts

The Malaga health district with the highest vaccination coverage against Covid is La Vega, with 82.3 per cent. Next is the health district of Malaga (81.8 per cent). It is followed by the Serranía (80.3), Axarquía (78.1) and Valle del Guadalhorce (74.1) health districts.

In all of them, the same trend is repeated, the older age groups have the more people vaccinated and, it the rate decreases in the groups from 30 to 39 and 20 to 29. As they are mostly young and healthy individuals, the perception of the risk of getting sick in case of infection is lower, which makes them less receptive to being vaccinated.

Adolescents protected

However, in the 12 to 19 age group, the number of vaccinated does rise. In Malaga province, there are 81.9 per cent of people vaccinated in that age group. In the fact that there are many more adolescents protected against coronavirus than twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings. Parents play an important role, making their children aware of the convenience of receiving doses against Covid.