May 18, 2021

The Canary Islands will receive this week more than 81,000 doses of vaccines against Covid-19

Vaccination at the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital.

Vaccination at the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital.

The Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, announced today in parliament that The Canary Islands will receive during this week a supply of 81,170 vaccines against Covid-19, which will allow an exponential increase in the rate of vaccination 13,000 daily doses, until yesterday, and which has been reinforced in recent weeks with the new mass vaccination devices activated on the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife. The supply consists of 57,330 doses of Pfizer, 11,550 of Janssen, 7,590 of Moderna and 4,700 of AstraZeneca with which progress will continue in the fulfillment of the European inoculation calendar, according to the decisions adopted in the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System.

As explained by the counselor, if the laboratories comply with the contracts signed with the European Union and the rate of arrival of the vaccines is adequate, The Canary Islands are in a position to meet the goal of having 70% of the target population vaccinated during the summeror. According to the data provided by the holder of the Canary Islands health in the Health Commission, Until yesterday, Sunday, the vaccination teams of all the islands had administered 567,797 doses of any of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, with which the immunization of 148,489 people has been achieved, who have received the complete guideline, 7.94% of the target population (1,871,033 people), while another 22.42% had an administered dose (419,573 people).

To achieve these figures, 2,300 nurses with specific training work in the network of vaccination points on all the islands, Monday to Sunday, in the home vaccinations in homes for the elderly or people with disabilities. The counselor recalled some of the difficulties encountered in the vaccination process, such as problems at the European level in the distribution of vaccines by laboratories, changes in the administration schedule of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has only been limited for people between the ages of 60 and 69 and, more recently, the suspension of international distribution of the Janssen vaccine.

Group coverage

After completing the immunization with two doses of groups 1 and 2 (those corresponding to residents and workers of social health centers and first-line health professionals), the activity continues with the rest of the groups established following the criteria of vulnerability and exposure. It should be noted that group 4, that of large household dependents, is 90.4% immunized with the two doses.

Regarding group 5, there are already 52,835 people who have received both doses, that is, 18.54%. While 201,720 have received at least one dose, 70.78%. Group 3 is already 100% with one dose and 28.19% with two doses; and group 6, 28.52% with a puncture. Of group 7, on the other hand, there are 7,294 people since they have been vaccinated with one dose, 41.13% of the target population.

Mass vaccination points

As for mass vaccination points, in the Canary Islands, thanks to the involvement and collaboration of public entities and institutions, different spaces have been installed in which progress is being made in immunizing the population. Thus, last week the Fairground of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Magma Arte & Congresos. These spaces are added to those previously activated in the Annex to the Lecture Hall of the Guajara Campus of the University of La Laguna, in the Garachico Clinic, in lto Primary Care Management, at the Candelaria Technological Center and at the Entrepreneur’s House Fairground in Los Realejos, all of them in Tenerife. For its part, in Gran Canaria mass vaccination points have been activated in Infect and in Expomeloneras.

In addition, vaccination continues in the university hospitals Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, Universitario de Canarias, Doctor Negrín and Insular-Materno Infantil, in the hospital in the south of Tenerife and in health centers on all the islands.


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