The President of the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres, has visited the new mass vaccination point against COVID-19 in Tenerife, located in the Santiago Martín Island Pavilion, in La Laguna, which began its activity this Sunday.
The device, launched by the Ministry of Health, will have the capacity to inoculate more than 12,000 users per day. Torres considers that this new vaccination point will contribute to reaching 70 percent of immunized before the end of the summer and recalled that, at the beginning of the campaign, the Government proposed to reach 30,000 doses administered per day and “we have already exceeded that amount repeatedly. We are prepared to achieve even higher rates ”.
This space, managed by the Nursing teams of the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, in coordination with the Management of Primary Care of Tenerife, will have capacity for between 40 and 60 vaccination posts and is expected to be open 24 hours a day, every day of the week, although this will be determined by the reception and availability of vaccines. Appointments will be assigned to avoid inconvenience to users and to guarantee security measures at all times.
During this weekend, the test provision of the vaccination circuits, registration and technological means has been finalized, to then move to an activity at full capacity, in the coming days.
For Torres, the goal is to vaccinate: “The more people vaccinated, the more resistant we will be. But in the meantime we have to continue fighting the virus because we have not won the game ”. The president appealed to the unity of action and the responsibility of all, “of the citizens and of the administrations”, and insisted that we are at a key moment and “we have to bend the curve, as we have done on other occasions in Tenerife and in the other islands ”. In addition, he pointed out that the Executive that he presides “governs for the eight islands in the same way and takes the same measures for each of them based on their indicators.”
The president stressed the importance of stopping the virus for the basic economic structure of the Canary Islands and for tourism-emitting countries to place us on their green lists. “And if we better get to September, October and December, which is when we have no competition as a tourist destination, we will be on the path of economic recovery,” said Ángel Víctor Torres in statements to the media after the visit, in which they also participated the president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín, the mayor of La Laguna, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, and the managing director of the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, Natacha Sujanani.
This new dose administration point in the Santiago Martín Island Pavilion is incorporated into mass vaccination, which on the island of Tenerife is also carried out in the spaces set up in the Fairgrounds of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Magma Arte and Congresos de Adeje , the Candelaria CTCAN Technological Center (in the Güímar Industrial Park), the Guajara Classroom (University of La Laguna), the Los Realejos Entrepreneur’s House and the Garachico Local Office, all this together with the activity that is carried out in health centers and public hospitals in Tenerife.