The Ministry of Health The Government of the Canary Islands has started this Sunday, January 17, throughout the Archipelago the administration of the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 to the people who are members of vaccination group 1, that is, users and workers of social health centers.
This process begins today on the 21st day after the administration of the first dose. Thus, this morning the same 360 people who received the first dose on December 27 have been vaccinated.
On this day, residents and workers of the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores, in Tenerife; from the El Pino social health center, in Gran Canaria; from the Casillas de Ángel Residence for the Elderly, in Fuerteventura; from the Amavir Haría and Las Cabreras Dr. Domingo Guzmán Residence for the Elderly, in Lanzarote; the Nina Jaubert centers for the elderly and disabled, on La Palma; from the Immaculate Concepción Center for the Elderly, in La Gomera, and the El Pinar Center for the Elderly, in El Hierro.
By islands, and as happened on the first day of vaccination, in Tenerife 90 people have been vaccinated, in Gran Canaria 25, in Fuerteventura 60, in Lanzarote 65, in La Palma 60, in La Gomera 40 people and in El Hierro 20 .
The administration of this second dose, as happened with the first, is carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Rights and all the Island Councils.
According to the protocol, the vaccine is administered in a regimen of 2 doses 21 days apart. In this context, the Ministry of Health recalls that immunity against COVID-19 will take place seven days after the inoculation of the second dose.
Vaccination in groups 1 and 2
Until yesterday, 42,024 vaccines of the 44,040 received had been administered in the Canary Islands, which represents 95.42 percent. These figures include those inoculated to users and workers of the social health centers and to the personnel of the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS).
The vaccination with the first dose of group 1 was completed last Thursday, reaching a vaccination rate until yesterday of 99.16 percent, since 16,942 people of the 17,086 that make up the target population of this group were vaccinated.
As for the coverage in group 2, that of SCS professionals, as of Saturday, 24,868 of the 32,000 people that make up the target population had been vaccinated, that is, 77.71 percent of the total.
Only yesterday, Saturday, January 16, 2,674 vaccines against COVID-19 were administered throughout the Canary Islands among the people that make up group II.
In addition, the SCS announces that tomorrow, Monday, a new shipment of vaccines will arrive in the Canary Islands that will allow to continue advancing in the vaccination of the people who make up the groups established according to the calendar.
In this way, next week SCS professionals will continue to be vaccinated and the vaccine will begin to be administered to vaccination group 3, that is, dependents who live at home, which in the Canary Islands are more than 12,000 people.
The SCS reiterates that the vaccines are guaranteed to be able to undertake the process of administering the second dose to the entire vaccination group 1 and continue with the established strategy.
Maintenance of preventive measures
The Ministry of Health insists that until the herd immunity is achieved, security measures must continue to be extreme, since the immunized person could transport and spread the virus.
Therefore, until a significant proportion of the population is vaccinated, it is very essential that all people, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, continue to maintain preventive measures: mask, hand hygiene, interpersonal distance, limit the number of people with whom we interact, always choose open air or well-ventilated spaces, stay home if you have symptoms, are waiting for the result of a diagnostic test or have had contact with someone with COVID-19.