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vaccination programme

The Vaccination Programme
The start of the vaccination programme in the Canary Islands begins on Sunday 27 December in Tenerife - https://www.canarianweekly.com/posts/fir...ydKBBs#ath
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1st person has received their vaccination on island 👍
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Copied from El Pais (I can only imagine that Canaries will follow similar protocols):

The COVID-19 vaccination campaign got going on Sunday in Spain, in a senior home in Guadalajara, in the region of Castilla-La Mancha. There, Araceli Hidalgo, 96, became the first person in the country to receive the first of the millions of injections that are due to be administered in the coming months. But what happens now? Here are some of the main unknowns – some of which have responses, and others that don’t.

When does the vaccine begin to take effect?
The Pfizer vaccine, which was the one that was symbolically administered on Sunday in all of Spain’s regions, needs two doses, separated by 21 days. Total immunity – at a level of around 95%, according to clinical trials – is reached around a week after the second dose. After that, the immune system begins to activate and it is less likely that the recipient will develop the illness than those people who haven’t been given it, but the drug has yet to achieve its maximum potential.

How long does the immunity last?
This is not known, and is something that happens with all new vaccines: it is unknown how long the immunity lasts until the moment that the vaccine is no longer effective. Laboratories and healthcare services will be monitoring when this takes place. For now, it has not been ruled out that a booster shot will be necessary a year or two after it is first administered, as is the case with other vaccines. In fact, the vaccine could be needed on a yearly basis. But this will only become clear with time.

When and how will Spain’s healthcare centers start to offer appointments for vaccinations?
Sunday saw the start of the first phase of the vaccination plan, which covers residents of senior homes and their carers, and will continue with healthcare workers and adults with major dependencies. This first phase, which will see approximately 2.5 million people given the vaccine, will last around three months. Once it is over, it will be the turn of the next group, although the Spanish government is yet to confirm who this will include. The most likely approach will be the over-64s and the chronically ill. While the plans for this phase are yet to be confirmed, it is expected that these people will be given appointments via their primary healthcare centers. “Citizens will be given a citation, according to the risk group to which they belong, to attend their healthcare center,” explained Health Minister Salvador Illa on Sunday. “It is voluntary and free. It is an act that will benefit both the person who receives the vaccine and the collective.”

Who is considered to be a dependent?
According to the Health Ministry’s vaccination strategy, this group includes people considered major dependents (grade III) according to the Dependency Law of 2006, those who have requested recognition as such and those who are yet to do so but are accredited medically to have an illness that requires intense support measures during their day-to-day lives, whether or not they are institutionalized. “The vaccination will take place as soon as possible, taking into account the characteristics of storage and usage of the available vaccines,” the ministry strategy adds. “Personnel who professionally care for these people with a major dependency will be able to get vaccinated during the same visit.”

What happens for those people with private health insurance?
The vaccination will be free and will be administered by the National Health System in the order that the Health Ministry establishes.

What measures must be followed when the vaccine is received?
In principle, the same as those being observed until now, until there is a sufficient amount of the population vaccinated so that herd immunity is reached. This is estimated to be about 70% of the population. While it is known that the vaccine is highly effective at avoiding the development of COVID-19, it is not yet so clear up to which point it avoids the spread of the virus. This means that it is possible that a person who has been vaccinated could still spread the virus while asymptomatic and thus become a vector for transmission.

When will enough people in Spain be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity?
As time passes, more vaccines will arrive – not just from Pfizer, but also, most likely, from other manufacturers too. While the initial rhythm is expected to be around 350,000 injections a week, as more and more pharmaceutical firms get approval for their vaccines this number is likely to rise. The Health Ministry calculates that between May and June around 20 million people will be vaccinated and that by the end of the summer a sufficient percentage of the population will be immunized in order to reach herd immunity.

How will people who have been vaccinated be monitored?
All citizens who receive the vaccine will get a vaccination card that will include the kind of immunization that has been administered as well as the batch number, the date the first dose was delivered and the planned date for the second injection. The card will also contain contact details should there be a suspected adverse reaction as well as a phone number to call should there be any side effects not included in the prospectus. This is the start of what is known as Phase 4 of the clinical trial. In the previous stage the frequent side effects – such as fatigue, tiredness, fever the next day – were found to affect at most one in every 30,000 people. But to detect rarer effects, those that manifest in one case per 100,000 or 1,000,000, the vaccine will be monitored as it is administered in the population. Also, more precise data will be collected on population groups that was not possible during the first trials. This will be done via the primary healthcare system using a centralized database in each region, and will be connected to a national and European system.

And then copied from Janet Anscombe's 'In Tenerife':
Updated 29 December: Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa has said that his department will compile a national register of those who refuse the new covid19 vaccination. Illa confirmed that the register would be shared with other EU countries but would not be publicized. With an eye no doubt to the easily anticipated reaction from conspiracy theorists, Illa said that the vaccine was not going to be mandatory, and that the register would comprise those who had been offered the vaccine through the priority groupings but who had refused it, their details being treated with maximum respect for data protection legislation. Sanidad has said that only around a quarter of the population is expected to be unwilling to have the vaccine, with a smaller proportion rejecting it outright, and that the register will help to target information and anti-misinformation campaigns.
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from Radio Sintonia:

In Fuerteventura, 99 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 since December 27, 2020

The Canary Islands have received a new shipment of vaccines against COVID-19, of which 6,825 doses have arrived early this morning at Tenerife North airport and tomorrow a similar shipment will arrive at the Gran Canaria airport. Once received, the Canary Islands Health Service will distribute the vials received equally to all health areas of the islands to continue with the planned vaccination plan.

This is the third batch of vaccines that has arrived since the immunization process began on Sunday 27. With this new game, the vaccination plan in the social and health centers of the Canary Islands provided for in phase 1 will continue from tomorrow.

More than 5,000 vaccines administered 

Until this Sunday, January 3, a total of 5,159 people have been vaccinated on the islands, 30.74% of the target population (users and residence workers) marked for this first stage, which is 16,782 people. Vaccination is carried out in the Canary Islands every day, including weekends, and 40% of the doses of the consignment that arrived in the islands have already been administered last Tuesday.

By islands, in Tenerife 2,254 people have already been vaccinated (27.79%); in Gran Canaria, 1,681 (25.10%); in La Palma, 530 (61.34%); in Lanzarote, 325 (61.79%); in La Gomera, 190 (80.17%); in Fuerteventura , 99, (57.23%), and in El Hierro, 80 (46.51%).

Vaccination has begun with the population sectors that must first receive the COVID-19 vaccine as defined in the Vaccination Strategy against COVID-19 in Spain, which establishes the chronological order of priority of the population groups to vaccinate. Therefore, in the first stage, residents and health and social health personnel who work in homes for the elderly and care for large dependents will be vaccinated.

A team of 150 nurses from the Canarian Health Service from all the islands has received specific training and will be in charge of vaccinating during the first phase in the Canarian health centers. Gradually, training in the administration of this vaccine will continue to all Nursing staff who are usually already dedicated to vaccination in Primary and Specialized Care.

Precautionary measures 

Until a significant proportion of the population is vaccinated, it is very important that all people, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, continue to maintain prevention measures:
Mask, hand washing, interpersonal distance, limit the number of people with whom we interact, always choose fresh air or well-ventilated spaces, stay home if you have symptoms, if you are waiting for the result of a diagnostic test or there has been contact with someone with COVID-19.
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Staff in the Central Salud's have been given the vaccine.
From Ondafuerteventura Facebook page: 'Se han administrado 140 vacunas al personal de los centros de salud de Corralejo, Morro Jable, Puerto del Rosario y Gran Tarajal.'
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Is there a projected date to have say 70% of the adult population vaccinated?
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(15-01-2021, 04:32 PM)Fizzy Lemonade Wrote: Is there a projected date to have say 70% of the adult population vaccinated?

I haven't seen any information.
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(15-01-2021, 04:32 PM)Fizzy Lemonade Wrote: Is there a projected date to have say 70% of the adult population vaccinated?

The post from 29/12/20 gave a loose suggestion of 'by end of summer', but to be honest I think that is just plucked from the air at this stage.

Courtesy of Janet Anscombe today:

Regional President Ángel Torres has said today that all the first doses have been given of the vaccine that has been delivered to the Canaries and that the second doses will start to be given from Sunday. Torres said that the group that had been vaccinated was the priority 1 group of those heavily dependent on or in intensive or residential nursing care, plus workers in that sector. The national Government’s vaccine strategy is explained in THIS working paper, and after the first group has received its second vaccination, attention will turn to the second, that of healthcare professionals and frontline workers. While this is ongoing, those in other priority groups and then the rest of the public need to wait to be called for. As the Government has already explained, the vaccination will only be available through the national health system, but Sanidad has unofficially confirmed that it will be available for all legal residents.

There is one group, therefore, that sticks out a mile as falling between two stools – those who are fully legal residents here but who have private medical insurance, not only a perfectly legal category but one actually demanded by the immigration services for those registering without state health system eligibility. This will require private medical insurers to formulate a plan with the Department of Health but currently there is no clear information about how the system will work other than it is very likely to be a matter delegated to the powers of the devolved regional Health authorities. Meanwhile, even those in the national health system have to wait until the priority groups have all been vaccinated anyway. 
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The residents of the old people's home in Casillas del Angel will be having their second vaccination this Sunday.

1,231 people have had their first vaccination so far - the old people in the home and the health care professionals.


A translation -
The manager of the Virgen de la Peña General Hospital in Fuerteventura, José Luís Rodríguez, explained today in El Magazine de Onda Fuerteventura how the vaccination campaign is being carried out on the island in which a total of 1,231 people have already been vaccinated, both residents of long-stay residences as social and health personnel of public services.

Among these 1,231 people are the 187 professionals and residents of the Casillas del Ángel Residence for the Elderly and the Insular Residence for the Disabled, who have already received the first dose and where the second dose will begin to be applied starting this Sunday, starting with the residence of elders to residents and workers.

On the other hand, 583 health professionals from the hospital environment and another 461 professionals from Primary Health Care have received the first dose of the vaccine.

Rodríguez explained that they receive a "regular scheduled shipment" weekly with the doses of the vaccine, and that "according to the rate of vaccination" the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands "makes" subsidiary shipments "that respond to the needs of the island, in case more doses are required.

The Hospital Manager has ensured that vaccination is maintained at a "satisfactory rate and in accordance with the logistics of the vaccine, with approximately 180 people vaccinated daily, since they have 5 days to administer the doses since they arrive on the island because this it loses "the initial freezing levels" and adds that to be accurate they must make "calculations of the following people" who will be able to benefit so that the next shipment is in accordance with the "doses that can be administered".
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The next stage of the programme: https://www.ondafuerteventura.es/sanidad...mugz2eY9CA

The Ministry of Health has agreed with the Autonomous Communities that the next target group to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are those over 70 years of age and that the vaccination of this sector of the population will begin from March, if they count. with sufficient doses.

The ‘Vaccination strategy against COVID-19’ will continue with those over 70 years of age and will start in March if there are no supply problems by pharmaceutical companies.

After completing the vaccination of the 400,000 users of nursing homes, as well as their caregivers, first-line health workers and large dependents, it will be the turn of the 6.6 million people over 70 who live outside the nursing homes.

In addition, they have advanced that within this sector, the vaccination strategy will be divided by subgroups, starting with nonagenarians, then octogenarians and finally septuagenarians.

The details of the new vaccination stage are practically finalized after having been discussed by the COVID-19 Vaccination Technical Working Group of the Vaccination Program and Registry Report, which is made up of Health and community specialists.
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