The Community of Madrid plans to begin mass vaccination of citizens in April, the regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, announced this Tuesday. The Ministry of Health, headed by Enrique Ruiz-Escudero, hopes that by then he will have already begun to receive a new vaccine, manufactured by Janssen , which would facilitate the entire process as it is a single dose and easier to preserve than those of its competitors .
“We have it for the month of April, for this spring,” Díaz Ayuso said this Tuesday during his speech at the ABC Forum , and in response to a question about when macrovaccination will begin in Madrid. “The idea is to do it in a massive way as soon as possible.”
As in other regions, the coexistence of three types of vaccines will cause a momentary paradox in Madrid. Astra Zéneca injection has been restricted to people between the ages of 18 and 55, because there were not enough patients over 65 in clinical trials, which raises questions about its effectiveness in that age range .
As a result, thousands of young people and middle-aged citizens will be immunized before those over 65 have received their injection. For them, the most vulnerable to the coronavirus, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been reserved.
Until now, vaccines have been used in groups selected by the Ministry of Health, and with the aim of protecting the most vulnerable, or workers who are on the front line of the fight against the virus. Everything, they assure in the Ministry of Health, will change when Janssen’s preparation arrives.
Then he will begin to get mass vaccinated in Madrid. This was explained by the counselor Ruiz-Escudero in an interview in 20 minutes: “I think that the end of March or the beginning of April will be a decisive moment to increase the vaccination capacity to the maximum.”
With Janssen’s vaccine still pending authorization by the European Medicines Agency, the Community is now working on making the Isabel Zendal hospital, the Wizink Center, the Vistalegre Palace and the Wanda Metropolitano the key points of its operation.
However, while all this infrastructure is being organized, Madrid remains at the bottom of the ranking of administered vaccines (78%, a figure that only worsens the Basque Country) or in the vaccination of those over 80 who do not live in residences ( which will start Thursday ).
This commitment to large infrastructures is being highly criticized by professionals, who reject vaccination courses and demand that the 266 Primary Care centers that provide the backbone of health care in the region be involved.
“The vaccination plan is a real disaster. There is a clear lack of coordination. The announcements are made without the professionals knowing anything. We still do not know who is going to vaccinate and how, ”lamented Julián Ezquerra, general secretary of the Association of doctors and graduates (Amyts), underlining that the professionals have not received any instructions on how the vaccination of the elderly will be articulated 80 years old.
Despite these complaints, the regional government’s plans are moving forward. This Tuesday the vaccinations will begin at the Isabel Zendal hospital, where 400 people have been summoned, including personnel from Foreign Health, AENA, public health inspectors, forensic doctors, veterinarians, health science students or caregivers of minor offenders.
On Thursday, 50,000 doses will begin to be administered to people over 80 years old, to which another 80,000 will be added next week. And that same day, when teachers under 55 years of age will also be injected, the Metropolitan Wanda will be activated to vaccinate local police officers, firefighters and members of civil protection teams.
Later, the Wizink Center and the Palacio de Vistalegre will be added to the vaccination infrastructure.