With the enthusiasm for the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccine still latent, the aspiration of all administrations is to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible. In the Canary Islands, according to experts, the goal of vaccinating 70% of the population will be achieved at the end of next summer. García Rojas, believes that it is likely that “throughout the summer there will be a very large percentage of the citizens vaccinated and that after the summer collective immunity will be achieved.” In this same line, Illa dared yesterday to affirm that with the end of the summer the pandemic will end. Thanks to the approval of Moderna’s vaccine – foreseeably throughout the month of January – the flow of doses will be increased and the rate of vaccination will be increased.
When the level of immunity of the population reaches the desired percentage –which in the Archipelago accounts for just over 1.5 million people vaccinated–, the mask will begin to cease to be a fundamental protection tool. “It will be a slow process that will advance depending on the percentage of coverage that we are achieving and the impact that we cause in the advance of the pandemic,” García Rojas prudently details. Who recognizes that “some elements that have characterized our life in this health crisis should be preserved in the future.” Among these customs, the president of the Spanish Society of Vaccination points out the washing of hands or the use of a mask when a person has a cold or the flu to avoid infecting people with whom they have contact.
However, to keep the masks in a drawer it will not only be necessary to take into account the level of vaccination that Spain manages to achieve. “We must achieve the same coverage profile in the rest of the countries, especially in those with which we have a closer and more direct relationship,” says García Rojas.
The laboratories of the Islands are already working on the search for cases related to the new strain
For now, experts cannot guarantee that the Covid-19 vaccine will prevent SARS-CoV2 infection. “That will be known as we vaccinate,” explains the epidemiologist and details that if an immunized person is in contact with the virus, they will not get sick since the vaccine prevents serious disease, but “it is not known if they can be infected and transmit the problem other”.
Although there are still doubts on the table about the protection barriers that the vaccine can generate, on Sunday a historic and emotional day was immortalized. García Rojas acknowledges that he felt “tremendously happy to have lived through an event that will surely mark the rhythm of the history of health in our land and global health.” In addition, the epidemiologist reveals that it was very difficult for him to “maintain the type” when he saw how the first vaccines against Covid-19 were given. “There are many months of pain and suffering, of seeing how there are people who lose their jobs. This causes tremendous wear and tear when working in the first line of intervention, ”says the head of Epidemiology. Who affirms that the domignose began to see the light at the end of the tunnel, although he warns that “it is a tunnel with many kilometers that still have to be covered”.
When the immunization of nursing home users, their caregivers and health personnel is finished, the rest of the groups established in the Canary Islands vaccination plan will continue. “Later the elderly people who are not institutionalized will come and the recruitment will probably be active,” says García Rojas, who specifies that it is possible that they will be called to go to the vaccination point that will be established in the Archipelago.
The recruitment of non-institutionalized older people for their vaccination “will be active”
Spain has so far confirmed nine cases of the British strain of the coronavirus, four in Madrid and five in Andalusia, although there are more cases that are being investigated, according to Fernando Simón, director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies. In the neighboring archipelago of Madeira, up to 18 positives have already been registered with the new mutation of the virus. However, in the Canary Islands no case related to this strain has yet been detected, “which does not mean that it cannot be circulating,” emphasizes García Rojas. “We are in a globalized world and with a continuous movement of citizens, so it is very possible that it will reach the Canary Islands”, says the specialist. Who indicates that the strain “is not associated with greater virulence, but with a greater transmission capacity, something that can be avoided with a mask, distance and hand washing.”
Agustina González, the fourth vaccinated in Gran Canaria, was chosen to star on the cover of the El Pino Social Health Center magazine. She poses with the historic gesture of feminist strength on behalf of all grandmothers, because even if they look older, they “are the heroines” who changed the future of women. |