Andalusian Health minister says 'now is not the time' to debate the mandatory wearing of masks

Jesús Aguirre.
Jesús Aguirre. / SUR
  • Jesús Aguirre remains in favour of keeping facemasks both indoors and outdoors, referring to the social relaxation that occurs during gatherings such as weddings, baptisms, communions and other celebrations

The Junta de Andalucía's Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, said this Wednesday (9 June) that now is not the time to enter into the debate on the removing the mandatory wearing of a face mask, even outdoors, as requested from certain sectors.

"We cannot relax; the mask protects us a lot from infections. It is the most powerful weapon - after vaccination,” Aguirre said during a session of Andalusian Parliament, in which he said was still in favour of wearing the mask both outdoors and indoors.

"We must avoid a false sense of security," said Aguirre, especially in relation to the relaxation that occurs in social gatherings such as weddings, baptisms, communions and other celebrations.

The head of the Andalusian health department has explained that the 15 to 29 age group is the one in which infections have grown the most, "with a disproportionate increase" among adolescents aged 16 to 17.

"We must control these population groups because although their illness does not have a significant impact on hospital admissions, they transmit the virus to other people," said Aguirre.

AstraZeneca vaccine

The councillor also revealed that 96 per cent of essential wokers under the age of 60 who are receiving their second dose have chosen the AstraZeneca vaccine and only four percent have picked the Pfizer one.

Aguirre also has guaranteed that there will be no supply problem to give a second injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged from 60 to 69.