Madrid advances the second dose of AstraZeneca to the population aged 60 to 69 years to face the Indian variant

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Madrid has decided this Friday to advance the second dose of AstraZeneca from week 12 to 11 for the population between 60 and 69 years old. The reason? The increase in the number of detected cases of the Indian variant of covid – the so-called delta variant, according to the new WHO nomenclature – for which there is already community transmission in the region. There are 18 new infections of this strain detected in Madrid, Antonio Zapatero, Deputy Minister of Public Health, has encrypted at a press conference this Friday, “to which are added the four from last week and some that still have to be sequenced.” The deputy counselor calculates that in “six or seven weeks” this variant “could be the predominant one” not only in Madrid, but in Spain.

Statements by the Deputy Minister of Public Health and the Covid-19 Plan, Antonio Zapatero.PHOTO: EDUARDO PARRA / VIDEO: EUROPA PRESS

“It is 50% more transmissible than the British and this [la expansión por el territorio] it has already happened in the UK ”, he stated. For this reason, “the most important thing now is to close the second dose vaccination to those between 60 and 69 years old, that is where we are reinforcing.” This preview of the second puncture is included in the technical data sheet of the drug. The range for this age group is set for weeks 10-12 —preferably 12—, but for essential workers under 60 years of age, this interval increased until week 16, when vaccination with this serum was stopped due to thrombi , infrequent, that were found mainly in the youngest people.

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In addition to the Indian, the Colombian is also a “variant of concern” [también B.1.621]. In the last week, “and through the Barajas airport, 17 positive travelers from Colombia and with a CRP with a high viral load have been confirmed,” explained the deputy minister. According to the ECDC (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control), this variant was detected for the first time in January 2021 in Colombia “and its main characteristic is that it has mutations in protein S, compatible with an increase in transmissibility” , Zapatero explained, “and probably with a lower response to vaccines.”

Self-citation for those aged 48 and over

Immunizing the entire population as soon as possible, always following the criterion from oldest to youngest, is “the priority” of the Community, as it is of all autonomies. To give a further boost to the campaign, this Friday morning Madrid has opened the self-appointment for the covid vaccine to the general population of 48 years or more. Until now, the computer application only allowed self-citation for those born in 1971 or earlier. As of this morning, those born in 1973 or earlier who have to receive the first dose can now enter on the app of the Virtual Health Card or through the Community website and choose when and where to receive the puncture.

To the hitherto usual points, the WiZink Center and the Wanda Metropolitano, we now add the Infanta Sofía Hospital (San Sebastián de los Reyes), the Puerta de Hierro-Majadahonda and the Fuenlabrada Hospital. And next week nine more will be incorporated: El Escorial, Henares (Coslada), Sureste (Arganda del Rey), Tajo (Aranjuez), Infanta Leonor (Vallecas), Móstoles, Severo Ochoa (Leganés), Infanta Cristina (Parla) and La Alcorcón Foundation.

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This system has 10,000 appointments a day as a quota and will be progressively extended to the rest of the vaccination points, such as hospitals. For those who have to be vaccinated with the first injection and are within the age criteria, but the self-appointment does not appear as available, the Ministry of Health explains that it may be due to not being in the Administration databases, therefore They should call 900 102 112 so that the Community staff can collect their data, make the necessary checks with the municipal register and other databases and, if everything is correct, include them.

Elena Andradas, general director of Public Health of Madrid, recalled this Friday at a press conference that this week the population from 40 to 49 began to be inoculated: “We started from 49 to 46, around half a million people, and around June 20 we will do it with those from 45 to 40, which are more than 700,000 people ”. The director has estimated that by the end of this month, “at the latest in the first week of July and, as long as the supply of vaccines is maintained,” the first dose at this time will be concluded. It will be then, at the beginning of July, when they begin to give the injection to those between 30 and 39 years old, a group that also exceeds one million people.

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