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The Canary Islands will receive more than 81,000 new doses this week

The Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, reported today in parliament that the Canary Islands will receive during this week a supply of 81,170 vaccines against COVID-19 that will allow an exponential increase in the vaccination rate, from 13,000 daily doses until yesterday, and that it has been seen reinforced in recent weeks with the new mass vaccination devices activated on the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife.

The supply consists of 57,330 doses of Pfizer, 11,550 of Jannsen, 7,590 of Moderna and 4,700 of AstraZeneca with which progress will continue to be made in complying with the European vaccination schedule, according to the decisions adopted by the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System. As explained by the counselor, if the laboratories comply with the contracts signed with the European Union and the rate of arrival of the vaccines is adequate, the Canary Islands are in a position to meet the objective of having 70% of the target population vaccinated during the summer.

According to the data provided by the counselor in the Health Commission, until last Sunday the vaccination teams of all the islands had administered 567,797 doses of any of the four vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, with which immunization has been achieved. Of 148,489 people, who have received the full regimen, 7.94 percent of the target population (1,871,033 people), while another 22.42 percent have an administered dose (419,573 people). To achieve these figures, 2,300 nurses with specific training work in the network of vaccination points in all the Islands, Monday to Sunday, in the vaccination in homes for the elderly or disabled and at home. The counselor recalled some of the difficulties encountered in the vaccination process, such as problems at the European level in the distribution of vaccines by laboratories, changes in the administration schedule of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has only been limited for people between the ages of 60 and 69 and, more recently, the cessation of international distribution of the Janssen vaccine.

Group coverage After completing the immunization with two doses of groups 1 and 2 (those corresponding to residents and workers of social health centers and first-line health professionals), vaccination continues with the rest of the groups established following the criteria of vulnerability and exposure. It should be noted that group 4, that of large household dependents, is 90.4 percent immunized with the two doses. As for group 5, there are already 52,835 people who have received the two doses, that is, 18.54 percent. While 201,720 have received at least one dose, 70.78 percent. Group 3 is already one hundred percent with one dose and 28.19 percent with two doses; and group 6, at 28.52 percent with one dose. Of group 7, there are 7,294 people since they have been vaccinated with one dose, 41.13 percent of the target population.

Vaccination points As for mass vaccination points, in the Canary Islands, thanks to the involvement and collaboration of public entities and institutions, different spaces have been installed in which progress is being made in immunizing the population. Thus, last week the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds and Magma Arte & Congresos, in Tenerife, came into operation. These spaces are added to those previously activated in the Annex to the Lecture Building of the Guajara Campus of the University of La Laguna, in the Garachico Office, in the Primary Care Management, in the Candelaria Technological Center (CTcan) and in the Campus Casa del Emprendedor fair in Los Realejos, all of them in Tenerife. For its part, in Gran Canaria massive vaccination points have been activated in Infecar and Expomeloneras. In addition, vaccination continues at the Ntra Sra de La Candelaria, HUC, Dr. Negrín and Insular-Materno Infantil university hospitals, at the Hospital del Sur de Tenerife and at health centers on all the islands.

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