The Community of Madrid cannot guarantee that adolescents between 12 and 15 years are vaccinated before the start of the school year. This was explained by the Community Health Councilor, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, at the weekly press conference on balance of the pandemic.
“I find it difficult to vaccinate adolescents before the start of the school year, due to the number of doses that we have available, “the counselor began by saying.” We do not have doses available for those age groups, we do not know how many doses are going to reach us and we are concerned that we do not know the vaccination horizon that we are going to have ” .
The Minister of Health has once again blamed the Government for the lack of vaccine doses, pointing out that the Community “has had to return 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines“because there is no longer a population over 60, the target population for that vaccine.
“We are in a situation of vaccine shortage which makes it difficult to immunize the population. The government’s mission is to bring vaccines and we need more vaccines. If we had used AstraZeneca the scenario would be different, “he insisted.
Escudero also stressed that before considering the possibility of injecting a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccines “the Ministry of Health should work to guarantee the arrival of vials to guarantee the first and second doses”
He was referring in this way to an interview by Carolina Darias in Onda Cero, where the minister has assured that “everything points” to your department will administer a “third booster dose” of the Covid-19 vaccine, although it has recognized that “when” it will begin to be supplied has not yet been determined.
The counselor has reproached the Ministry, for its part, for the “slowdown” in the vaccination process due to the lack of arrival of vials. “Before talking about the third dose, think of the hundreds of thousands of Madrilenians who have not even the first nor the second one, “he told the minister.
Likewise, he has demanded that the Health Minister specify on which “study, work or project” his statement about the need for a third injection is based. In any case, it has had an impact, it would be necessary to arrival of 3.5 million doses to vaccinate the Madrid population, but the Community only has a ‘stock’ of just over 400,000.
“If we continue in this line, in August it would have to be the largest reception of vaccines of the pandemic period and the horizon does not look like it will be like that,” he said.
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