Essential workers must wait for jab

todayMarch 18, 2021 2

share close

SPAIN’S decision to suspend the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has halted the immunisation of essential workers across the country.

The move came after the detection of cases of thrombosis in patients across the European Union and has thrown Madrid’s target of having 70% of the adult population vaccinated by the end of summer into doubt.

The government has opted to wait until the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issues a ruling on any link between the Anglo-Swedish shot and blood clots.

A third of vaccines being administered were AstraZeneca – Spain has already decided to only use the shot for essential workers aged under 55 until there was more evidence of its efficacy in older people – which could mean the vaccination programme is slowed by the same amount.

Since December last year, Spain has administered 5.7 million shots but just 1.7 million, or 3.6% of the population, have had both jabs. All three vaccines in use, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna require two doses.

The government believes the arrival of the Janssen vaccine next month, which only requires one jab, will speed up the programme again and deliveries of other vaccine is also being geared up.

Amós García, the president of the Spanish Association of Vaccinology, said: “The decision to suspend the AstraZeneca vaccination comes in the context of a lack of vaccine generally.

“What’s more, this move will create alarm, fear and panic in the population. We will have to move heaven and earth to recover the credibility of this vaccine.”

And central government spokesperson María Jesús Montero has insisted the
temporary suspension of AstraZeneca will not materially effect ‘of the vaccine calendar’.

Both the EMA and the World Health Organisation have advised the AstraZeneca is safe and should continue to be administered.

Written by: BayRadio News

Rate it

Ctra. Cabo La Nao, CC La Nao, Local 6 03730 Javea, Alicante, Spain

Phone: (+34) 965 796 761
Advertise with us

Do you have a business in Spain? Do you provide a service to the expat community in Spain? Would you like your message to reach over 500.000 people on a weekly basis? 

BayRadio is a community orientated radio station offering fantastic content to our many listeners and followers across our various platforms. Contact us now and find out what Bay can do for you!

Our business is helping your business grow.

Playing now

Kal In The Afternoon

featuring various guests
Sign up to newsletter

By submitting your email you agree to BayRadio T&Cs