Older occupants and staff in nursing homes will be the first to get inoculated against the Covid virus in Spain. Beginning possibly in January. Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Tuesday, revealing a public immunization plan.
COVID-19 immunization for Nursing homes first in Spain’s inoculation plan: Other medical care employees will be next, with an priority listing of 18 other groups, to get the immunization in one of 13,000 centres for health.
Spain hopes to achieve an inoculation of half the country by June 2021.
“The COVID-19 immunization will be free,” Illa told a news gathering. Adding inoculation would not be mandatory. “We believe the results will be better if people voluntarily take the vaccine”
The Government is expecting to receive the first batches of the vaccine in January. However there will be limited availability for the initial few months.
The first phase is targeting 2,500,000 priority cases. Nursing home residents and staff, and other vulnerable people. Illa stated that the list of other prioritized people would be issued shortly.
A system will be put in place to ensure that the relevant people immunized would receive the second necessary dose in the correct time period.
A survey in Madrid showed that many elderly people questioned would take the vaccine as soon as it became available.
However, another survey by the CIS earlier showed that 47% of the survey would not take the immunization when it is released.
The low temperatures required for transporting the vaccine will not be a problem Illa stated. However, would not go into detail how this was planned.
Government sources have said Spain will attempt to utilize all available current resources. Such as refrigerated trucks and vehicles designed for transporting product at low temperatures first. If this proves inefficient then investment in new equipment is not ruled out.
Spain is expecting 140,000,000 doses of the vaccine once approved. And hopes to have sufficient to share with poorer countries in the battle against the virus.
Government’s Maria Jesus Montero said that this is an excellent start, and that an end is in sight.
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