Over 80s will be vaccinated in the next two weeks in Spain
The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, said she expects that people over 80 years of age will be vaccinated in Spain "in next two weeks", during a television interview last night. “We are meeting milestones; we already have nursing home residents and users vaccinated, plus all of group 2, which is frontline workers too. What is the priority objective now? Those over 80 years of age; I hope that in the next two weeks we will have that group covered”, she stated.
During the interview, Darias has once again maintained that the Government's forecast, in accordance with that of the European Commission, is to have 70% of the Spanish population vaccinated by the end of the summer.
This forecast is maintained because in April there will be an “important leap” in the arrival of vaccines to Spain, which Darias explained: “From April there will be a very important increase in the arrival of vaccines, as delivery will be multiplied by three compared to what we are receiving now”.
The minister stressed that today (Monday), for the first time, a million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be distributed in a single day to the autonomous communities across Spain, and she praised the work the health service are doing because they will continue vaccinations every day, including holidays and weekends, over Easter
The rate of vaccination will be increased in April, according to Darias, due to the fact that in the second half of April a fourth vaccine will arrive in Spain, which is the Janssen single-dose vaccine that has already been approved for use by the EMA. 300,000 doses of this vaccine are scheduled to arrive in April, 1.3 million in May and 3.9 million in June. "This means that five and a half million people can be vaccinated in Spain before the end of June with just the Janssen vaccine,” she stressed
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However, the minister has recognized that at the moment Spain has "an upward trend nationally" in the number of Covid-19 infections. “Everything indicates that we are facing a new rebound, it remains to be determined whether this rebound will lead to a fourth wave," she warned.
Regardless of this, she wanted to launch a “message of hopeful prudence”, saying: “If we take care of ourselves, we are taking care of others, and the end is closer, but it depends on all of us”.
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Finally, the Minister of Health, reiterated and confirmed that all tourists coming from abroad are required to have a negative PCR test with 72 hours of arrival to enter Spain, whether they are coming by plane or by sea or by land, and that they have to comply with the measures of each region, especially that wearing a mask in our country is mandatory and must be worn.