The Ministry of Health has approved the priority vaccination against COVID-19 of the Spanish men’s soccer team, as requested by the Ministry of Culture and Sports. It is confirmed by sources of Health to elDiario.es. Minister Carolina Darias will take the issue this afternoon to the Interterritorial Council, which meets with all the regional councilors of the branch, but only the information will be transferred to them. The inoculation of the soccer players will be carried out by the Ministry of Defense, that is, the Army, and it will be “very soon”, the same sources report, who also explain that the communities are not part of the process and that is why they are not necessary in the decision. Yesterday, the Ministry took the proposal to the Public Health Commission, where all the autonomous public health directors are located, but the body was inhibited and did not pronounce itself. The soccer Eurocup begins this Friday and the Spanish National Team makes its debut next Monday. There have already been two positives for SARS-CoV-2 in the team.
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They are “the same steps” that were taken for the green light of the vaccination of Olympic and Paralympic athletes. This has also been done with the vaccination of part of the diplomatic corps that was involved, according to Health. The Selection will be injected with Pfizer / BioNTech, the vaccine with the most doses available and which requires two regimens separated by 21 days. Olympic and Paralympic players were also vaccinated with it, although on that occasion, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reached an agreement with Pfizer / BioNTech to make doses available to them. UEFA has not reached any similar contract, so the doses would be from the Government.
According to the page of the Ministry of Health on vaccines, all double-dose vaccines reach their highest effect at least 7 days after inoculation of the second. Therefore, even if they are put on this Wednesday, the players would not debut next Monday fully protected against severe COVID-19, although the first dose does grant some immunity. It is also proven that vaccines prevent passing the infection in an acute way, but not the contagion, so they do not avoid preventive quarantines if there has been a contact. At first, Culture and Sports asked that the players be named Janssen, but for now it is not indicated for their age, so that option was ruled out in principle.
In the team there were 24 summoned, in addition to the selectors, but the two positives (Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente) have fallen for now. The Spanish strategy against COVID-19 is considered by age, since advanced age is considered the highest risk factor. The players of the National Team are all under 40 years old, therefore, they would not have to inject themselves yet because they are not in danger of suffering from the disease. Nor do they belong to any group that has been considered a priority, the other criterion by which they could have been vaccinated if they do not meet age. Your immunization is an exception. The argument of Health is that it is done in the same way that athletes who go to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo are vaccinated. Although on that occasion it was prepared “more in advance”, and its vaccination was announced in early May. UEFA, organizer of the European Championship, does not oblige countries to have their teams vaccinated for the tournament (which is held throughout the European continent, without a venue). Neither did COl, but after the agreement with Pfizer / BioNTech, what it did was deliver targeted doses to athletes.
The Ministry of Culture and Sports, led by José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, sent a letter with the request that the Ministry of Health received last Friday. The news came out on Monday, after the positive for COVID-19 of the team captain, Sergio Busquets, which has forced to rethink some plans of the competition, because some of his teammates are close contacts. The team also travels in a “bubble”, and the injection would not cancel the quarantine that they should do if there are positives. At the moment, the women’s field hockey team is also competing at the European level, and in two weeks the Spanish women’s team will also compete in the European Basketball team. Culture points out to this newspaper that they have many requests from many other federations, but for now only the Olympians and the National Team enter.
Rodriguez Uribes he justified his position. “We have done it because we understand that they represent us and that the country as a whole understands that they are in the best conditions to compete to the maximum,” he declared. The director of the Center for Coordination and Health Alerts, Fernando Simón, said yesterday at a press conference that in the campaign many factors must be “valued” and this “is not just any party and many interests are involved.” there has been no consensus: In Comú Podem and Compromís they have criticized it, More Country has been in favor, and the PP has commented that it has been prepared with little time.
In Spain, vaccination against COVID-19 is by age, from older to younger. Almost 100% of those over 60 already have a dose, the complete guideline is close to 100% of those over 70 and more than 50% of those over 50. The communities now start with the 40-50 range, although it is not complete the 50-60. “The main priority of the Strategy is to extend vaccination and progressively vaccinate the descending age cohorts with a higher risk of hospitalization, admission to the ICU and death”, because age is the greatest risk factor for suffering from the disease , it reads in the national vaccination strategy, which is updated by the Ministry, the communities and external experts. Nursing professionals have set records in recent days, putting more than 460,000 punctures every 24 hours.
Exceptions have been made with the Olympians and the Paralympics, and with the social health workers, who were the first, together with the users of residences, to receive doses, in January; with some essential workers (teachers, military, police and firefighters) under the age of 60, when for safety reasons it was decided not to vaccinate over 60 with AstraZeneca / Oxford; and with about 300,000 people with high-risk pathologies (people with heart disease were not included, for example). Now also with the Spanish men’s soccer team.