Junta expects to receive less than half the number of Covid vaccines in July than in June

Vaccination is seen as the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Vaccination is seen as the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. / SUR
  • The forecasts are that the cuts in the shipment of coronavirus vaccine vials could also hit supplies to the Andalusian region in August

The excellent pace of vaccination against the coronavirus during June in Andalucía will suffer a slowdown in July, announced the region's Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, speaking on Tuesday (29 June).

In July less than half of the vaccines received in June are expected to reach the Andalusian region, dropping from 3,467,100 to 1,575,920 doses. This will prevent the vaccination of the population group under 30 years of age from being able to advance, which is the one that is suffering the most infections.

"It pains us to slow down the vaccination speed that we currently have, but it has to be done when a sufficient flow of vaccines does not arrive," said Aguirre. He added that work is being done to have the necessary stock and to be able to guarantee the second injection to those who have already received the first from Pfizer or Moderna when it is due. The forecasts are that the cuts in the shipment of Covid vaccine vials will be maintained in August.

The Health Minister specified that 50 per cent fewer vaccines will arrive from Pfizer in July than those received in June. He said that it must be taken into account that 21 days after the first dose, the second must be injected, so it will be necessary to "slow down a little" to ensure the availability of the second jab. Therefore, there will have to be a decrease in the speed of vaccination in those under 36 years of age due to the lack of sufficient vaccines.

The regional government’s spokesman, Elías Bendodo, made it clear that the priority of the Spanish government must be to pressure the European Union and pharmaceutical companies so that the supply of vaccines is not reduced.

“In July we will receive less than half the doses than in June. You cannot allow that to happen, because that can ruin the work we are doing," said Bendodo.

Before the drop in the supply comes into effect, this week Andalucía received 1,145,940 doses in total: some 750,000 spilt between Pfizer and Moderna, 350,000 from AstraZeneca and 95,900 from Janssen.

AstraZeneca vaccines will no longer arrive for the next few weeks, because the target population that can receive them (people from 60 to 69 years old) already have their doses guaranteed. Also, due to a contamination issue, Janssen vials will not be supplied during July. Instead, there will be 340,400 doses of Moderna that month and 1,235,520 doses of Pfizer.

Given the increase in the transmission rate of the virus among people under 30 years of age, the possibility of bringing forward their vaccination was considered, but this has been ruled out, at least for the moment, given the decrease in the number of vaccines that will be supplied to Andalucía in the next few weeks.