The autonomous communities have already administered 488,041 vaccines against COVID-19, which represents 65.6% of those received since December 27, according to the latest data updated by the Ministry of Health from that reported by the ministries of regional health. There are 81,950 more doses than those notified yesterday, Monday, when 406,091 (54.6%) had been placed. The percentage does not account for the Pfizer remittance (another 350,000 doses) that was received yesterday, Monday and which has been distributed between yesterday and today by the territories, but the sum of the previous two remittances, 743,945. With this last third shipment there are already more than 1 million in Spain, but delivery has been delayed to this Tuesday to Extremadura and Granada, and to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands tomorrow. The operation is progressing despite the complications of the cold wave and the consequences of the storm Filomena that has hit the Iberian Peninsula and collapsed mobility in much of the Central Plateau, mainly in Madrid.
The first doses of Moderna’s vaccine are already in Spain
Madrid continues to be the community most lagging behind, it is since the communities began to provide data on Monday of last week. It has put 36.4% of the doses available, 35,949 out of 98,790 with an update to January 12. It is followed by the Balearic Islands, which has managed 4,835 out of 12,840, or 37.7%. The one that is doing the best is still Asturias, 94.6%, 22,428 of the 23,720 it has. Then comes the Valencian Community, which has greatly accelerated its execution, which started slowly: as of January 12, it has put 93.5%, 57,223 out of 61,225. And the third that is doing the best is also Galicia, from the beginning very fast, with 88.8%, 33,346 out of 37,555. The Autonomous City of Melilla has given 100% of the injections it has: 1,005. Two communities, Castilla y León and Cantabria (which started the slowest with Madrid), have put more than 80%.
This first phase, from January to March, the vaccination covers all users of residences, health and large dependents. As of March, it is intended to reach other population groups, up to approximately 70% of the total population in summer. The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has set this week’s objective in a press conference today: to ensure that all users and professionals of nursing homes are vaccinated before Sunday. On Monday, January 18, the second dose of Pfizer should be given to the first people who were vaccinated, on December 27, including Araceli Hidalgo, in Guadalajara. Pfizer’s vaccine is a double dose, requiring two pricks 21 days apart.
This morning the first 35,700 doses of Moderna pharmaceutical company arrived in Spain, to which the European Medicines Agency gave the green light on January 6. They have been transported from Belgium to the Ministry of Health, and between Wednesday and Thursday they will be distributed “equitably” by all the autonomous communities. Moderna’s come to reinforce vaccination, which until now has only been carried out with Pfizer. Iran more remittances arriving: 52,000 doses in the fourth week of January; 127,900 the first of February; and 383,900 the third of February. “From there, we are working with the company to inform us of subsequent delivery dates,” explained the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa. Those from Pfizer arrive weekly: so far there have been three shipments of 350,000 units, the last one on Monday 11, which due to the storm did not arrive in Madrid but was distributed from Vitoria and Barcelona.
Moderna’s is also double-dose, in her case 28 days apart. Both need to be frozen in deep freezing, although Moderna’s holds longer than Pfizer’s in a conventional refrigerator. From the Nursing and Vaccine Association (ANENVAC) they also explain that Moderna’s is easier to handle than Pfizer’s, because it does not have to be diluted, but they value that the amount that arrives between January and February is scarce. From Moderna 600,000 doses are expected in 6 weeks; from Pfizer, 4.5 million in 12. Although after that period, these vaccines will continue to arrive, the purchase of the European Union is 160 million (Modern) and 600 (Pfizer).
This week of vaccination, decisive according to professionals for taking place without holidays, has coincided with the consequences of the storm Filomena, which has affected Madrid above all. The spokesman for the Ministry of Health Fernando Simón said yesterday that Filomena could cause “a certain delay” and “impact” in the vaccination process, also “specific problems” or “in a specific place” very affected, where “this is not fulfilled week with the desired program, but can be recovered in the following days ”. But the impact of the storm is expected to be “not excessive” on this, the indication for him is that yesterday the pace did not suffer. For Simón, the key is that currently the vaccination is mainly in residences, “they are places to which the health workers already have to move” per se. Although in Madrid this week appointments have been canceled for vaccination of Primary Care professionals, due to the complication of transfer between centers.
Vaccination started very slowly last week, Madrid and Cantabria had only used 5 and 6% of the sera they had. Last Friday, both the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, and the Minister of Territorial Policy, Carolina Darias, who is being considered to replace him once the former leaves office to be the PSC candidate for the Generalitat, valued the campaign after the meeting of the Moncloa coronavirus monitoring committee. Darias specified that the objective is “to have more people vaccinated than infected as soon as possible” and Illa pointed out that the pace “still has to improve”, but “it is picking up speed.”