August ends with 69.5% of the Spanish population full vaccinated

August ends with 69.5% of the Spanish population full vaccinated. image: Twitter

August ends with 69.5% of the Spanish population full vaccinated- 5% short of the target.

Spain did not reach the target of 70% of the total population vaccinated with a full dose against covid-19, however, it remains close to that figure as the last day of August is almost with us.

According to data made public by Spain’s Ministry of Health, a total of 32,996,436 people have been vaccinated with the full dose of the vaccine, representing 69.5% of the total population. 

In April this year,  the Prime Minister announced that by the end of August the country would reach 70%, which would mean reaching what is known as group or herd immunity- the figures have stayed precariously close to this target.

On Tuesday, August 31, afternoon, shortly before the vaccination figures were updated, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, affirmed in an appearance by the Congressional Health Commission that the pace of this vaccination campaign “is unprecedented”.

“This new milestone represents a very significant advance in controlling the effects of the pandemic,” said Darias, who affirmed that the country has become “one of the places in the world with the highest vaccination coverage against covid and therefore all the more protected against the virus. “

Herd immunity has been the key goal for as long as vaccines were available. However, despite good data, many experts have warned that “herd immunity” will not be achieved with 70% of those vaccinated.

When this figure was marked as a lifeline that would allow restrictions to be lowered, the Delta variant of the virus had not yet appeared on the horizon. Its greater contagion capacity has led many experts to now warn that community immunity will require vaccination figures close to 85% or 90% of the population.

Group immunity is a theoretical concept that indicates what percentage of a population must be immunised for an epidemic to be classed as over, without the need for restrictive measures.

 


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Ron Howells

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.

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