By Matthew Roscoe • 21 January 2021 • 16:55
MADIRD Runs Out of Vaccines For Front-Line Workers, According to the Health Minister
During his appearance before the Madrid Assembly on Thursday, January 21, the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, announced that the Community of Madrid “has already run out of vaccines,” meaning it has been forced to suspend COVID vaccinations for front-line hospital workers.
Enrique Ruiz Escudero said: “Madrid has already run out of vaccines for newly vaccinated people. I am sorry to have to say this, but Madrid does not have [enough] doses to vaccinate more first-line health professionals.
“That is why we have been forced to suspend the vaccination provisions of hospitals.”
The Community of Madrid, which according to Spain’s Health Ministry data has one of the lowest vaccine rates of any community, has argued that it does not have enough doses due to the change in criteria in its distribution by the government.
The region governed by Isabel Díaz Ayuso said that they were saving half to comply with the second mandatory dose.
However, now the government has decided to distribute the vaccines to the communities based on the vaccination rate and Ayuso’s team says the community is being “discriminated against,” although a lack of planning and proper control in the supply of the vaccine by the Community of Madrid had already caused health workers of 80 Primary Care centres to run out of their doses.
The Ministry of Health later confirmed that this situation extended to all outpatient clinics that planned to start vaccination this week. As a result, the regional government has delayed the start of vaccination in health centres until next week.
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