By Sarah Keane • 04 January 2021 • 12:34
VACCINATION figures for the first week in Spain are very disappointing
While official data on the exact amount of people vaccinated throughout Spain will be released on Monday, January 4, figures from the municipalities who have released the information are very worrying and fall far short of the pace promised by the Ministry of Health.
In Catalonia, only 12.96 per cent of the 60,000 doses planned for the rollout in the first week were administered, while Valencia has a slightly higher number of 16 per cent. Officials have blamed issues with the refrigeration of the Pfizer jab and refusal of family members to vaccinate elderly residents for the delay.
On the opposite end of the scale, although official data is yet to be released, it is estimated that the Community of Andalucía had administered practically all of the vaccine doses received for the first week.
Many regions now plan to increase the vaccination plan to seven days to make up for the delays. Furthermore, the Ministry of Health has announced plans to begin using the Moderna vaccine as well as the Pfizer one, which should speed things up considerably.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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