MADRID – Sanchez is expecting a further 6.5million doses from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca this month. From the official statistics, Spain has been administering the vaccines almost as quickly as it is receiving them. But will Spain meet the 70% vaccination target?
According to the Ministry of Health, from the 4,508,845 doses received from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, Spain has administered 3,908,734. This equates to 86.7% of vaccines received. Furthermore, 1,266,700 people have received the complete doses. Most vaccines have been received from Pfizer (3,508,245). With the remainder from Moderna and AstraZeneca.
Rate of vaccination expected to quadruple
As more vaccines are received in Spain, the rate of vaccination is expected to quadruple. As reported by El Pais, “With this acceleration, by the beginning of September, around 58% of people would be vaccinated, surpassing the threshold of 70% of adults”. If this is acheived, then the vaccination target would be met. However, this is of course dependant on delivery of the vaccines in the first place.
Co-ordination and distribution
It is necessary for the daily rate of vaccinations to increase and for swift co-ordination and distribution to the regions. The infrastructures are in place for them to roll out the vaccines. This must be done if there is to be any chance for Spain to be on target and be open for summer. Or indeed, to be able to facilitate a vaccine passport system. The target of 70% of the population to be vaccinated before the end of September still stands.
The government and the regions continue to monitor the corona virus infection rate. And as such continue to modify and adapt the vaccination strategy. The strategy has already changed four times so far as previously reported. According to El Pais, the next level of vaccine priorities could be more difficult to administer at the same rate. “While the first phase of Spain’s vaccination campaign targeted staff and residents of care homes, frontline health workers and adults in need of daily care who were not in residences – who can be easily located – the next stage includes members of the general population, such as essential workers, which may present difficulties”.