In some territories of Spain the vaccination process has had to be slowed down due to lack of material; in others, such as Madrid, Andalucia and Ceuta, the vaccination process has been temporarily suspended
It has been learned today that Madrid, Andalucia and Ceuta have stopped their first-dose vaccination campaigns due to the lack of vaccines, just the same week in which Spain has received a total of 1,085,290 new doses, of which half correspond to Pfizer and the other to AstraZeneca.
Nevertheless, the inoculation process has had to slow down in several territories. The worst communities were Madrid, Andalucia and Ceuta, where the process had to be suspended for a few days.
Two weeks without new vaccines
In Andalucia, for example, no one over the age of 80 will receive the first dose in the next two weeks. During that time the Board will vaccinate with the second dosage those who have already received the first.
The Board’s Health Advisor, Jesús Aguirre, has said that with the number of vaccines available “there is little capacity to incorporate new people”. Aguado said new additions to the vaccination campaign will not arrive until “late March or early April”.
The Councillor of Health of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ruíz Escudero, said this morning in Espejo Público that the capital of Spain needs 9.2 million vaccines to immunize 70 percent of its population, approximately 4.6 million people from Madrid, with two doses.
Escudero added that the speed of receiving the doses has yet to increase not only with the Pfizer vaccine, but with that of Janssen, AstraZeneca and also Moderna.
Spain has administered a total of 84.4% of the vaccines received.