The Ministry of Health starts this Wednesday at distribute Janssen’s nearly 150,000 vaccines among the autonomous communities, since the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has endorsed this vaccine single dose, called to speed up the immunization of the group from 70 to 79 years in which only 3.3% have the complete schedule. In this way, the first consignment of 146,000 single doses of this serum, which since April 14 were kept in the company’s central warehouse pending the EMA’s verdict, will begin to be distributed among the autonomous communities and cities. The forecast is for 300,000 to arrive in the entire month of April.
The vaccination strategy determined that this vaccine was going to be destined to the oldest, with the aim of expediting the immunization of the 70 to 79-year-old group, as they had lagged further behind. At this time, 2,054,922 people of these ages have received a dose (45.4% of the total), and the complete guideline has only reached 278,772 (3.3%). Thus, of this first remittance, the Community of Madrid plans to administer 20,900 to people between 70 and 79 years old and who are immobilized at their homes. Andalusia expects to receive 26,150 single-dose Janssen; Castilla y León, 7,400 and Euskadi, 6,850.
It has been the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, who this Tuesday in the Senate has communicated to the members of the Health and Consumer Commission that at the end of the session Janssen was going to “receive” to immediately begin the distribution. “What are we going to do with Janssen? When this appearance ends, this minister will receive Janssen so that tomorrow they can be distributed among the autonomous communities,” said Darias. The decision comes after determining the EMA – as it did with AstraZeneca– that despite the “possible link” of the drug with the development of very rare blood clots, the balance between benefit and risk of this preparation remains “positive”.
The distribution of Janssen coincides with the decision of the Public Health Commission, which today will, in all probability, be ratified by the Interterritorial Health Council, of do not delay second doses of vaccines. In this way, the current vaccination strategy will continue to be applied with the dose intervals specified by each pharmaceutical company: 21 days for Pfizer, 28 for Moderna and 12 weeks for AstraZeneca.
According to the minister, the proposal to space the second doses from six to eight weeks responded to a request from some autonomous communities and “the debate had to be raised because it is part of co-governance and democracy.” In addition, to ratify the Public Health agreement, the Interterritorial Council will study this Wednesday another document from the Ministry of Health with common recommendations before the progressive reactivation of events and mass activities to establish preventive and control measures until the epidemiological situation improves. In short, these are cultural, sporting, religious events or festivals, among others, that are considered risk of transmission situations.
The document has four levels of alert as a traffic light that determine a series of actions proportional to the level of risk and adaptable according to the situation and the context of the territory.