January 22, 2021

Canarian health workers are vaccinated from Monday

A health worker prepares a vaccine.

A health worker prepares a vaccine.

Canarias is already prepared to move on to the second phase of the first stage of the vaccination plan against coronavirus. Lhe first-line health workers will be the next to receive the long-awaited vaccine to protect themselves against Covid-19. The first dose will begin to be supplied this Monday to the huge group that make up the Primary Care and hospital health workers in the areas in most contact with Covid-19 patients.

As vaccination against the pathogen has been managed so far in the community, the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) anticipates that the vaccination phase in nursing homes – the one that had priority – can be completed on Thursday, January 14. For this reason, this Monday will begin the inoculation of the Pfizer vaccine to health personnel, as it is collected in the National Vaccination Strategy in Spain. It should be remembered that in some islands, such as Lanzarote, Fuerteventura or La Palma, the injection of this first dose began a few days ago, because the target groups had been vaccinated.

655 nurses trained.

To give continuity to the Vaccination Plan, the Canary Islands Health Service has been training nursing professionals since December in the specificities of the administration of new vaccines. In total, to date, 655 nurses from the Canary Islands Health Service have been trained who usually work in the vaccination services of Primary and Specialized Care. Of the total, 545 are responsible for vaccination of Primary Care, who in turn will train their respective teams at the health centers, and the rest are Specialized Care nurses.

34% of the doses.

Although the Canary Islands have already made progress in protecting the highest priority group from Covid-19 – having already vaccinated 60% -, the doses supplied represent 34.6% of the total available. According to the Ministry of Health, in its latest report on vaccination in Spain, the Canary Islands have supplied 9,557 doses of the 27,660 that the State has distributed in the Islands. The percentage is slightly lower than the national average (37.4%).

More tests in airports.

The Ministry of Health will maintain its posts in the Canarian ports and airports to ensure that visitors to the Islands arrive with a negative coronavirus test in the region. They will do so until next January 17, the date until which the screening has been extended to contain the transmission of SARS-COV-2, through diagnostic tests for active infection (PDIA) to passengers entering the Canary Islands from the rest of the national territory. Between December 18 and January 6, a total of 94,610 passengers from other Spanish regions arrived at Canarian airports, of which 196 had tested positive at origin. The remaining 15% of the 94,610 passengers who did not provide a negative PDIA certificate had to remain in isolation until a negative result of a diagnostic test performed at destination was obtained.

Lanzarote, the one that grows the most.

Yesterday the Archipelago added 238 new cases of coronavirus, but much more distributed than in previous weeks. On this occasion, the data on infections in Lanzarote show an upward trend on the island, which is growing more than the rest. The island added 48 new cases and has 254 active cases, in addition to 2 hospitalizations. Gran Canaria, although it experienced a smaller increase in cases than in recent days (69), registered a significant increase in hospital admissions, adding 7 more to 97. Fuerteventura added 23 cases of coronavirus, the highest number since the end of August and Tenerife, with 97 more positives, began to slightly lower its curve of active cases, after several days of decline in new cases. La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma remain stable.

The HUC on the brink.

The Canary Islands University Hospital (HUC) has proceeded to activate the Contingency Plan in order to increase its ICU beds due to the large influx of Covid-19 patients. This plan involves having 10 beds in the Emergency area for non-Covid-19 ICU patients who need intensive care, brought by ICU physicians. Furthermore, if necessary, referral to subsidized centers for this profile of patients is contemplated, provided that their clinical situation allows it. In addition, patients who come to the emergency room with severe traumatic or surgical pathology will be admitted and treated in areas reserved for the work of anesthetists.


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