Spain’s Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has confirmed that Spain will receive up to 4,591,235 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus within the next 12 weeks. It will enable health authorities in Spain to vaccinate a total of 2,295,638 people from the Coronavirus during the next three months.
The Government will provide the autonomous communities with around 350,000 doses of the drug each week which will facilitate the immunisation of around 2.5 million people before the end of March 2021.
Illa has said that “the Government guarantees equitable access to all Spanish citizens” and that distribution of the vaccine will be “equitable” between all the autonomous communities “in relation to the risk groups”. Those who will be involved in the first round of vaccinations will include health and social health personnel in residences for the elderly and disabled, front-line health personnel, and other health and social health personnel.
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The first deliveries of the vaccine will be made this Saturday in Guadalajara, from where “it will be distributed to the rest of the provinces so that on Sunday, first thing in the morning, it will be available throughout Spain”.
The first vaccination in Spain will take place in the Castile-La Mancha community. “The other deliveries will be made at regular points designated by each community,” Illa confirmed. The vaccination campaign “is expected to last months” and will “high levels of complexity”, commented Illa, “but for those of us who are prepared, it is the beginning of the end.”
The vaccinations in Spain are being co-ordinated with the entire European Union who, Ill says, “will start vaccination on Sunday, in a coordinated strategy that we have followed from the moment it was agreed to jointly purchase vaccines against the disease.”