Madrid could delay the second dose of Pfizer "up to 42 days" by "vaccine shortage"

The Community of Madrid warns that it could delay the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine “up to 42 days”. The statement is from the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, this Monday, asked about the delay in appointments for the second dose to citizens vaccinated with Pfizer.

I ask for a little patience to those who pass the 21st, but we are within what the European Medicines Agency says, and we could extend it up to 42 days, but the objective is to do it as close as possible to day 21 “, said the counselor in statements to journalists after his participation in the New Economy Forum.

According to the counselor, the delay is occurring due to “the vaccine shortage environment”, recalling that “in July, half of the doses received in June were received.” Ruiz Escudero points out that citizens are being summoned “24-48 hours before having the vaccine available for that date. “

“In some citations, it is not done strictly on the 21st, sometimes it occurs with more delay endorsed by the technical sheet,” he stressed, noting that this occurs due to the shortage of vaccines, which is why has been “saving this stock”, has added.

Last Friday, in an interview with the program Good morning Madrid from Madrid wave, Enrique Ruiz Escudero himself assured that the second doses of Pfizer were guaranteed. That day, the Health Minister assured that the only thing that had been paralyzed was the first dose of Pfizer, of which the planned doses were being saved for all the people who would receive the first until July 24. “For all those people there is a second dose. For all,” he guaranteed then.

According to data from the Community itself, collected by the Ministry of Health, there are more than 900,000 unadministered vaccines: as of July 15, the Community of Madrid had received 7,515,545 million doses and had inoculated 6,603,653 million. Of those, according to Ruiz Escudero, “193,000 are from Pfizer.” Madrid has administered 87.9% of the vaccines received and is, together with Melilla, the only autonomous community that has not yet exceeded 90% inoculation of the doses received.

This Sunday, dozens of people showed up at the Hospital 12 de Octubre ordering the second dose of Pfizer, once the 21 days had been reached for inoculation and had not been cited. At the hospital, the health workers informed them that they could not administer the vaccine without an appointment and pointed out that it could take up to 42 days, information confirmed this Monday by the Minister of Health.

The Pfizer package insert, while stating that vaccines have been given between 19 and 42 days in clinical trials, recommends administering the second dose of the vaccination at 21 days, the pattern that, until now, all the communities were following.

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