Spain accelerating vaccination of young people after Mallorca outbreak

by Deborah Cater
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Due to the ‘super outbreak’ among Spanish young people who celebrated in Mallorca – and which has now infected more than 1,200 people – Spain is accelerating the vaccination of young people under the age of 30. This is possible thanks to the delivery of a record number of vaccines.

Partly because of this major outbreak, Spain’s corona incidence has increased over the past 14 days. A slight increase was already reported last week, but on Monday the incidence exceeded 100 for the first time. Spain registered 100.1 corona cases per 100,000 inhabitants on Monday.

Spanish epidemiologist calls for even faster vaccinations

Fernando Simón of the corona crisis center in Spain told Spanish newspaper El País on Monday the infections mainly occur among people who have not yet been vaccinated. According to the epidemiologist, the new Delta variant, which is more contagious than previously known variants, poses a real danger to Spain.

Simón: “There is only one solution: vaccinate even faster.” On Monday, he said the autonomous regions will receive a record number of vaccines, 6.6 million doses, this week.

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Spanish regions have already started ‘vaccination boost’

Even before Simón’s warning, several regional authorities in Spain took the lead and invited young people for a first shot. The Canary Islands, for example, have brought forward the injection appointment of people between the ages of 30 and 39. In some places they are vaccinating 24 hours a day. Madrid has also been vaccinating non-stop in the Isabel Zendal hospital since Monday.

Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera will be vaccinating young people between the ages of 16 and 29 from Monday. Meanwhile, Mallorca, Galicia, Asturias and Catalonia have brought forward the vaccination appointments of people in their thirties.

How far is Spain with vaccinations?

According to official Public Health figures of June 28, 52.2% of the Spanish population has had at least one shot. 35% of Spaniards have already been fully vaccinated.

51% of Spaniards over the age of 40 are fully vaccinated. Almost 21% of Spaniards between the ages of 30 and 39 have had a first shot; that percentage is 12% for Spaniards between the ages of 20 and 29. Only 0.9% of Spanish young people between the ages of 12 and 19 have had a single dose.

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