Thousands of COVID-19 vaccines in Catalonia to expire due to slow vaccination rate – EURACTIV.com
Thousands of COVID-19 vaccines are set to expire in the Catalonia region due to slow inoculation and low demand, local health authorities have warned. EFE reports, EURACTIV partner.
The regional government health department (Generalitat) warned on Friday, September 17 that demand for COVID-19 vaccines in the region had been significantly lower than expected over the past two months, resulting in a slowdown in the vaccination rate. .
After Spain’s health ministry last week gave the green light for the third injection of mRNA vaccines (Pfizer / Moderna) to specific groups, Catalonia and other regions in Spain began prioritizing vaccinations last Friday elderly people living in retirement homes.
Meanwhile, the pandemic continues to decline with an infection rate in Catalonia lower than the 500 cases per day on average (490) and a cumulative incidence rate of cases confirmed by PCR or antigen test at 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants. (IA14) below the threshold of 100 cases (98.8): a good figure, unheard of since mid-June, at the peak of the fifth wave of the pandemic.
Specific target groups
Spain’s health ministry is considering a third dose for cancer patients, people on dialysis, those over 40 with Down syndrome and the elderly in nursing homes, EFE reported.
Spanish health authorities are following the recommendations of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) and have so far only authorized the third vaccine for specific groups of patients – those who are insufficiently protected by the two vaccines due. to their weakened immune system.
According to the latest figures released by the Spanish Ministry of Health, 75% of the Spanish population over the age of 12 is already fully immunized.
[Edited by Frédéric Simon]