The Canary Islands receives first Moderna vaccines today,

2021/01/13 09:11:52 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The Canary Islands will receive the first consignment of the Moderna vaccine today, after it arrived in Spain yesterday, and is now being distributed equally among the different autonomous communities.

Although a day late due to the effects of storm Filomena in Madrid, the Islands received the fourth shipment of 13,650 vaccines from Pfizer and BioNTech, making a total of 41,310 doses received to date, to continue immunization in the Archipelago.

The professionals in charge of vaccination in the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS), continue to accelerate the administration of antidotes against the coronavirus, now among their own colleagues in Primary and Hospital Care throughout the Archipelago.

According to the latest available data on vaccination against coronavirus, some 16,491 doses have been administered in the Canary Islands up until yesterday. In group 1 of vaccination (users and workers of social and health centres and the disabled) more than 75%, a total of 13,541 people have been innoculated. While in group 2 (first-line health workers) 2,950 vaccines have been administered, almost 10% of the total in this group, which consists of 32,000 people.

On the other hand, the different vaccination teams in Primary Care and Hospitals continue to immunize their colleagues without stopping. In Tenerife, the hospital vaccination teams did not stop yesterday to administer doses in all the reference hospitals, while the Primary nurses were sent to different centres and outpatient clinics on the island: El Toscal, La Vera, El Botánico, Los Silos , Icod, Guía de Isora, Adeje, Los Cristianos, El Fraile and Arona. "This vaccine gives us security when it comes to work and quality of life," they stated on Monday at the La Matanza Centre.

Yesterday it was also confirmed that the Islands will include private health professionals in the vaccination groups and there will be no discrimination in the supply of antidotes to the professionals of these centres, after backing down on their initial idea.

Just yesterday in Tenerife the administration of the first dose of the vaccine to the members of group 1 (users and workers of social health centers) concluded, five days before this operation is repeated with the administration of the second booster dose to the first 90 people vaccinated on December 27th at the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores de La Laguna, as well as the residents and workers of the social health centres of the rest of the Archipelago.

Remember that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are administered intra-muscularly in a schedule of two doses separated by 21 days, and once the second is inoculated, immunity will be seven days later.