Vaccination Rates In The Balearics Are Among The Lowest In Spain But So Are Infections

Vaccination Rates In The Balearics Are Among The Lowest In Spain But So Are Infections

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Vaccination Rates In The Balearics Are Among The Lowest In Spain But So Are Infections.

The vaccination programme in the Balearics has always been among the slowest in Spain, but yet, new infections are very low.

The Friday, June 4, report from the health ministry indicated 23 new positive cases, nineteen fewer than Thursday. There were 17 in Mallorca, three in Ibiza and three in Minorca with a test rate of 0.93% based on 2,473 tests; Thursday’s rate was 1.18% from 3,559 tests.

According to figures from the national ministry of health as of June 4, the region in Spain with the lowest percentage of its target population vaccinated is the Balearics.

The percentage of the Balearic target population to have received at least one dose is 40.6%. The highest percentage in the country is 57% in Asturias. The closest to the Balearics at the bottom of the list are Murcia (43%), the Canaries (43.6%) and the North African city of Melilla (43.8%).

In terms of immunisation, i.e. both doses, the Balearics is also at the bottom. The 17.7% is behind the Canaries (19.8%) and Melilla (20.5%). Asturias also has the highest immunisation rate – 33.7%. For people over the age of 50 who have been immunised, the Balearics rate is 35.9%, which is again the lowest.

Galicia has the highest – 54.4%. Only when it comes to at least one dose for the over-50s is the Balearics not the lowest; it is the second-lowest (80.1%) above Melilla with 76.2%.

The vaccination rate in the Balearics has consistently been slower than in other regions. The regional health ministry’s explanation in the early weeks of the vaccination programme was that the Balearics has a younger population and so regions with older (and more vulnerable) populations were receiving proportionally more vaccines. Appointments for 40 to 44-year-olds will be available from Monday.

A total of 244,000 people in the Balearic Islands have received at least one dose of the vaccine and nearly 100,000 have received the two required for full protection. Some 80,000 Covid-19 vaccines from the four drug companies are expected to arrive this week, with the weekly number of doses administered set to be three times last week’s figure. The region is expected to finish vaccinating the 70-and-over population this week. With respect to the 60-69 age group, 55% have received the first shot. The region has begun making vaccination appointments for those aged between 50 and 59, the largest age group until now, making up 252,389 people.

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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!. Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.