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US News Covid-19: Spain will first vaccinate elderly people in retirement homes

23:00  24 november  2020
23:00  24 november  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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Spain will first vaccinate elderly people in retirement homes, very affected by the Covid pandemic- 19, as well as the staff of these residences, the government announced on Tuesday.

According to the executive's plan, the vaccination campaign can begin from January, depending on the marketing authorization for the vaccines.

"To avoid a third confinement, it is necessary to combine screening and support for contact cases"

After the elderly in retirement homes, the nursing staff and people in a situation of dependency will in turn be vaccinated. Health Minister Salvador Illa told a press conference:

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“During the first phase, we will focus on the most vulnerable people, a group of around 2.5 million people. "

" The vaccine will be free and will be administered through the national health system, and it will be done on a voluntary basis, he detailed.


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Seniors in retirement homes paid the heaviest price in Spain during the first wave of the pandemic in the spring.

The government has not published official figures, but according to a draft of a working group between the government and the regions, published by the daily "El País", more than 20,000 people have died in the homes for the people. elderly and disabled between March and June. This figure includes proven cases and deaths of people with symptoms compatible with Covid.

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In some regions such as Madrid, the courts are looking into complaints lodged against certain residences.

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The country will have enough doses in 2021 to vaccinate all of its 47 million inhabitants, the Minister for Health.

Spain remains one of the countries in Europe most affected by the pandemic, with more than 43,000 deaths and more than 1.5 million cases.

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