More than 125,000 vaccine doses have been administered in the Canary Islands
The Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands is continuing to advance in its vaccination plan and as of yesterday (Wednesday), had administered 125,079 doses of the three vaccines available in the European Union at the moment, which represents 70.64% of the total of the doses received, and it is foreseeable that today the figure of 130,000 will be exceeded.
So far, 51,572 people in the Canary Islands have received the two doses of the vaccine, representing 3.82% of the target population. The percentage of the Spanish population as a whole with a complete vaccination schedule is 4.27%.
With this data, the Canary Islands is the only region in the whole country that has more people vaccinated with two doses, than it has accumulated coronavirus cases (40,059).
The rejection of vaccination has been practically non-existent so far in the Canary Islands, and it is estimated that only between 0.5 and 1% of people in the current vaccination groups have not taken the opportunity to have one.
The Ministry of Health has updated the current situation of the vaccination plan, informing that 100% of Group 1 (residents and workers of centres for the elderly) has already been completed; 99% of Group 2 (SCS professionals) have been vaccinated which represents 38,497 front line staff; and Group 3 (Other health and social health personnel), is currently at 72.01%.
Group 4 (large dependents and caregivers in homes) has now been started, which requires careful planning of vaccination routes to avoid missing doses, which have to be consumed in 6 hours and extracted immediately. This group exceeds 25,000 people in the Canary Islands and so far 12.11% have already been inoculated.
The next group, people over 80 years of age (Group 5) have also begun to be cited in health centres of the Basic Health Zones, and 1.45% coverage of this group has been achieved, which is about 90,000 people in total, but those over 80 in groups 1-4 need to be subtracted from that number.
To date, the Canary Islands Health Service has received 132,960 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, of which 114,111 have been administered, with the remaining 18,849 continuing to administer the second doses to Groups 2 and 3.
With regard to Moderna's vaccine, the Canary Islands have only received 7,000 doses and 6,559 have been administered. The remaining 441 are being used to vaccinate first and second-line health personnel from private health centres. This group includes personnel from the Institute of Legal Medicine, Foreign Health and health personnel from prison institutions.
The Ministry of Health reminds that the vaccination groups and their order is a mandate of the Ministry of Health itself, and that it is agreed in the technical commissions and is taken to the Inter-territorial Commission of the National Health System chaired by Minister Carolina Darias.
The Canary Islands has also received 37,100 doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, which is not recommended for people over 55 years of age. Of these, 4,409 have already been administered to home help service workers, staff at juvenile centres, and second-line health workers such as physiotherapists, pharmacists, pharmacy office staff and dentists.
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Priority criteria for vaccination groups:
The following criteria have been used in the assessment, following the recommendations of the Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy in Spain published by the Ministry of Health on November 23rd 2020, and updated on February 9th:
- Risk of serious morbidity and mortality: people who have a higher probability of serious illness or death if they acquire the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
- Exposure risk: people who are more likely to be in environments where SARS-CoV-2 is circulating and to be exposed to an infectious amount of the virus.
- Risk of negative social or economic impact: people who develop a social or work function for which the life and livelihood of other people depend directly on them, so they would be in danger if they fell ill; or due to their profession or trade, it is not easy for them to implement the digitization of their activity or work.
- Risk of transmitting the infection to others: people that have a greater chance of transmitting the infection to others.
Based on the evaluation carried out, the following group prioritization has been established for Stage I:
Group 1: Residents and health and social health personnel who work in homes for the elderly and care for large dependents.
Group 2: Front line personnel in the health and social-health field, but in different fields than Group 1.
Group 3: Other health and socio-health personnel (not included in group 2).
Group 4: People considered large dependents (grade III) and the following prioritization of groups for Stage II
Group 5: People aged 80 and over not included in the previous groups.
Group 6: Active groups with an essential function for society.