Ten communities have inoculated at least one dose to more than 80% of their population, so they will be the ones that, for the moment, manage to achieve the highest population coverage with the complete guideline against the coronavirus, in a scenario still of repechage and of convince the undecided about vaccination. With Asturias (85.7%) and Galicia (85.4%) leading the way in vaccination coverage, there are eight territories that have managed to reach and even exceed this record and therefore will have a high percentage of citizens with the vaccine complete.

The communities are Extremadura (84.3%), Castilla y León (83.5%), Cantabria (82.7%), Basque Country (81.5%), La Rioja (81.2%), Andalusia (80 , 8%), Valencian Community (80.5%) and Aragon (80.2%). While in others such as Navarra vaccination continues to progress little by little towards 80% (which is the national average) with 79.7% of the population also with at least one puncture, a figure that anticipates the total number of citizens who will complete it.

Although the objective of exceeding 90% of the population seems difficult, current data show the high vaccination rate in Spain, which promotes, together with individual measures such as the mask, a containment of the incidence and, at the same time time, it confronts against the scenario of the new variants that can start from the delta, as the experts warn.

Four more communities ease restrictions

In this context of high vaccination and containment of the incidence, which this Friday reached 44 cases after a fluctuating week of ups and downs, Galicia, Aragon, Cantabria and Catalonia release a scenario with softened restrictions and add to the territorial map of communities that, after decreasing their contagion indicators, recover maximum capacity and hours in sporting events, hotels and nightlife.

However, they do so with nuances since, despite the fact that the incidence at the national level has remained more or less stable this week, in at least thirteen autonomies it has risen slightly. Catalonia is moving towards normality and now only has capacity restrictions in discos and similar activities in closed spaces, such as concerts with standing audiences, which can fill up to 80% of capacity.

Galicia ended this Thursday the health emergency situation decreed in March 2020 by the covid-19 and has decided to recover the capacity to 100% in all the activities that have not yet done so, mainly hospitality and nightlife, in which the closing time is going to be extended between half and an hour.

In Aragon, all public establishments, including nightlife, recover the maximum capacity allowed and the hours set by their municipal licenses, so this weekend will be the first of the new “semi-normality” in the community, once exceeded the festivities of the Pilar de Zaragoza.

Spain goes through the third doses and tries to attract laggards

With a vaccination almost reaching its ceiling, the communities continue with their latest attempts to attract those more than 4 million citizens, mainly between 12 and 59 years old, who are undecided or who have chosen not to be vaccinated in the face of the decrease in incidence and of relative normality in Spain.

On Wednesday Health recorded more than 100,000 punctures, which fell to 40,000 on Thursday, although despite being a low figure compared to previous months, it indicates that little by little those who are reluctant to vaccination continue to join.

As for the third doses, for now Spain has chosen to administer them (messenger RNA vaccines) only to elderly people in residences, patients with certain clinical situations and those over 70 years of age, although the European Medicines Agency (EMA) already endorses an extra dose of Pfizer for the population over 18 years of age. It will also issue a recommendation in this regard on Monday on Moderna’s vaccine, of which only half an extra dose is being considered.

And the Public Health Commission will also pronounce on booster doses in the coming days, in this case to decide if the 2 million people vaccinated with the Janssen single-dose in Spain are inoculated with an extra booster with some messenger-RNA vaccine.

Child vaccination pending

Spain is also waiting for what the European Medicines Agency (EMA) will rule on child vaccination in the coming weeks, a group of about 5.3 million children who represent around 11% of the total population, and for which Pfizer has already presented results, but only for the 5 to 11 year stretch.

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