National Vaccination plan for Spain from January

National Vaccination plan for Spain 

National Vaccination plan for Spain  - Government President Pedro Sanchez advances unique plan across Spain with 13,000 vaccination points.

Spanish Government publish official vaccine strategy, view it HERE

A useful guide to vaccines, how safe are they, what side effects you might suffer, etc...it tells you many of the pros and cons THE VACCINE AGAINST COVID-19

What are MRNA vaccines, such as the one used for COVID-19?

The function of vaccines is to generate immunity against a certain disease in the body, stimulating it to produce antibodies which will then act to protect itself against future infections.

MRNA vaccines, such as the one for COVID-19, are a fairly new type of vaccine, and they can be developed in a laboratory with readily available materials, in a short space of time.

How do MRNA vaccines, such as the one for COVID-19 work?

MRNA vaccines give instructions to our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein.” The spike protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Once the instructions (MRNA) are inside the immune cells, the cells use them to make the protein piece. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them.

Next, the cell displays the protein piece on its surface. Our immune system recognises that the protein doesn’t belong there and begins building an immune response and making antibodies, like what happens in a natural infection against COVID-19.

At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection. The benefit of MRNA vaccines, like all vaccines, is those vaccinated gain this protection without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.

What are the BENEFITS of vaccination?

Vaccinated people are PROTECTED AGAINST AN INFECTION BY COVID-19. There is no absolute evidence yet on whether the vaccine can prevent the TRANSMISSION of the virus.

Is the vaccine SAFE?

The clinical evaluation of this vaccine for the EU has been carried out by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), analysing preclinical information, vaccine quality and clinical trials, in which 44,000 volunteers have participated in 150 centres in six countries.

What are the SIDE EFFECTS of the vaccine?

6%: local reactions to the injection, swelling and pain.
17%: fever
59%: fatigue
51.7% headache
35%: cold
1.9% vomiting
10.4% diarrhoea
37.3%: muscle pain
21%: joint pain

Side effects were less frequent in people over the age of 56.

Is the vaccine effective against new variants of the virus?

Viruses constantly mutate. Antibodies generated by the current vaccines also recognise and neutralise new variants of the virus, such as those from the United Kingdom and South Africa.

When can we get back to normality?

As long as there are no vaccines that, in addition to protecting, stop the transmission; or 2 out of 3 people are not immunised, social behaviour should remain the same:


Dr. Sáenz, Specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.  Member of the association and our Health advisor

7th January 2021 - The European medicines agency approved the Moderna vaccine yesterday, Spain will be receiving 8 million doses within the month, with the second 8 million shortly afterwards.

29th December - Health authorities in Spain will record those who reject the Covid vaccine. The report will be shared with other European countries:

The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa ,pointed out on Monday that the vaccination plan will quote citizens and whoever rejects the vaccine will enter a register that will be shared with other European partners: "It will be recorded, but it is not a document to make public," he said.

"What we ask is that, when asked, they should come, "Illa stressed in an interview in La Sexta, in which he insisted that vaccines will be administered according scrupulously to the objectives set out in the vaccination plan.

27th December 

Araceli Rosario Hidalgo is the first person to be vaccinated in Spain Born in 1924, she has lived in the Los Olmos residence for the elderly in Guadalajara since 2013.

The province will receive 10,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines each week.

The first dosses arrived yesterday under police escort to two residences in the city of Alicante and San Vicente del Raspeig where there are about 400 people, between the elderly and workers.

From tomorrow (Monday) the province will receive every week, according to sources of the Ministry of Health, around 10,000 doses of the 31,000 that will be distributed throughout the Valencian Community of the vaccine developed by the Pfizer and BioNtech laboratories. However, since Health, they have already pointed out that these forecasts may change as new vaccines are incorporated from other laboratories, such as Moderna or Oxford AstraZeneca, which may be approved in a few days. In any case, the objective set by the Ministry of Health is that in March the first four groups established by the ministry are protected: residents and workers of geriatrics, frontline health personnel, the rest of the workers of hospitals and health centers and finally the large dependents who live in their homes. In total 188,000 people, of which around 69,000 would correspond to the province of Alicante ,taking into account its population weight within the Valencian Community. Each person who is vaccinated will receive two doses with an interval between them of between 21 and 23 days. Healthcare plans to vaccinate more than 50,000 residents and residence workers throughout January in the Community.

Photo - Araceli Rosario Hidalgo is the first person to be vaccinated in Spain

National Vaccination plan for Spain - Updates 21st December - Those who are vaccinated from Covid will be given a vaccination ID card

The card will include the type of vaccination, batch number and the date of administration of the first and second doses, contact for consultation in case of suspected adverse reaction to the drug.  The cars will also include details of the persons name, and ID card/NIF number.

Where possible the the card will be issued automatically and  if not, other alternatives will be sought.

Updates 17th December - Covid vaccination will begin on December 27th in the Valencian Community. The first to receive the dose will be residents of geriatric centers and health workers

The first Valencians to receive the first of the two doses necessary to immunize against covid-19 will be residents of nursing homes and health workers, being the most exposed and sensitive to the pandemic.

The Ministry of Health insist that patients will not develop effective immunity until one week after the second dose of the vaccine, scheduled between three and four weeks after the first dose.

Updates 14th December - Vaccination against Covid-19 will begin on 4th January in Spain, as La Vanguardia has already advanced last week, and vaccines will "be over." This is assured on Monday by the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, at an informative breakfast.

The campaign will be carried out in phases and in this regard Illa has noted that the doses "will not all arrive on January 4th or 5th", but has promised that "there will be vaccines for everyone" and even "leftover" to send to other countries, because the state has 140 million vaccines to immunize 80 million people.

By 29th December the European Medicines Agency plans to meet to give an opinion on the Pfizer vaccine, which has already been authorised by some countries, and on 12 January on the Moderna vaccine. In these two meetings the two vaccines will "most likely receive authorization" in order to be distributed.

"If everything goes according to what we plan, in May or June we could have 15 or 20 million Spaniards vaccinated. And at the end of summer a very relevant figure that allows us to be in a very different state in terms of virus control," 

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National Vaccination plan for Spain from January

27th November

Phase 2 is set to cover the April-to-June period, followed by Phase 3 between July and September. No decision has been made yet on the order of who will be vaccinated in each one of these phases, but they will be members of some of the following groups:

  • Adults over 64 years of age (around nine million)
  • People with underlying conditions such as obesity or diabetes
  • People who live or work in closed settings or communities
  • People who live in vulnerable socio-economic conditions
  • Essential workers
  • Teachers
  • Children
  • Residents of areas with coronavirus outbreaks or a high incidence rate
  • Pregnant women and those with nursing babies
  • Immunized people who have already had Covid-19
  • Teenagers, young adults and adults not included in other categories

26th November, National announcements Health Minister Salvador Illa confirms that immunization will be free, voluntary and administered through the public healthcare system

News Announced 26th November - Vaccination plan for the Valencian Community (This includes Benidorm)

Gradually the details of what the vaccination plan against covid will look like in the Valencian Community. Yesterday one of the key issues was revealed, the number of doses that will arrive in a first round and on what date they will do so. The announcement was made by the president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, The first doses of vaccine are forecast to start being received in January, and reach the 400,000 doses received during the first trimester of 2021. These doses would serve to immunize 200,000 people in the Valencian Community.

This first consignment that is expected to respond to the delivery commitments that the Pfizer company has with Spain, and this is the departure that corresponds to the Valenican Community within the 20 million that the Ministry of Health has acquired throughout the country. This vaccine consists of two doses per person that have to be administered three weeks apart between the two doses.

The first receptors will not be immune from the time they receive the vaccine, as immunity against the virus develops about two weeks later and peaks one month later, experts have already indicated.

In addition to this first delivery, as specified yesterday from the Generalitat Valenciana, more doses can arrive depending on the supply agreements with other pharmaceutical companies.

Elderly and sanitary

As the Ministry of Health has already laid out, the first vaccines will be designed to protect the most vulnerable population from coronavirus. The elderly living in residences and the workers of these centers will be among the first. In the province of Alicante both groups number about 13,500 people. Health workers are the other priority group when receiving the first doses of the vaccine. 19,600 people work in hospitals and health centres in the province, although it has not yet been realized whether health care workers on the front line in the fight against covid or the entire staff of these health facilities will be vaccinated preferentially.

What is clear is that these first 400,000 doses require very extreme conservation conditions, as they must be stored at -80 degrees, which requires special ultrafreeze, available in universities, hospitals and research centers, although the Generalitat plans to acquire more equipment to complement these.

Ximo Puig has announced that all procedures are being completed for the Ministry of Health to begin vaccination "as soon as possible" as soon as vaccines are available.

News announced on 23rd November 2020

Pedro Sánchez has advanced Tuesday's Covid-19 vaccination plan, this will now be launched in January and will have 13,000 vaccination points to ensure "equitable access to vaccines."

"The Government will ensure that all priority groups have access to the vaccine. To this end, a unique vaccination strategy will be agreed at the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System," Sanchez said at a press conference in Moncloa. He added that “There will be a single strategy for the entire country”. It will not be left to individual autonomous communities.

National Vaccination plan for Spain from January

The President of the Government has indicated that "a very substantial part of the population can be vaccinated with all guarantees in the first half of the year."

The campaign will be launched in January and will have 13,000 vaccination points. In this regard, he recalled that 10 million people are vaccinated with the flu in Spain every year. "The National Health System is prepared to achieve this goal," said Sanchez, who recalled that 14 million people have been vaccinated from the flu this year in eight weeks.

The President of the Government explained that the single vaccination strategy has been designed with a multidisciplinary expert group that includes "experts from the autonomous communities, the Interterritorial Council or bioethics".

Sánchez recalled that the EU has already signed five contracts for 1.2 billion expandable doses, of which Spain will have 10% of the doses for the percentage of the population. "Our country will be, together with Germany, the first EU country to have a complete Covid-19 vaccination plan," he said.

More news will follow when available.

Please note the article above has been translated from Spanish to English so some detail may be lost in this translation, read the original article in Spanish here at DiarioInformation

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