UPDATE: How is Spain’s vaccination campaign going in April?

UPDATE: How is Spain's vaccination campaign going in April?
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The number of vaccinated Spaniards now surpasses the number of people who had the virus. But some regions are doing better than others.

What’s the latest?

More people in Spain have received at least one dose of the vaccine than have had coronavirus during the course of the pandemic.

6.1 million people have received at least one vaccine, while there have been 3.3 million cases in the country since the start of the pandemic. In total, Spain has injected 9 million doses of the vaccine, with 2.9 million having received both doses. This represents a total of 6.2 percent of the population who have been fully vaccinated. 

However, this is far off the current aim of vaccinating 70 percent of the adult population by the end of the summer, which is around 27 million people.

On April 6th, Spanish Prime minister Pedro Sánchez said that currently Spain was on track to vaccinate 33 million by the end of August 2021, meaning that if this is achieved, the country will have vaccinated more than 70 percent of adults. 

The vaccination efforts have picked up this month with more than five million Pfizer and Moderna vaccine doses expected to be delivered over the course of April. This has been added to the one million extra doses of the German and American inoculations it was sent on March 29th.

The 1.3 million Janssen vaccine will also arrive this month and are expected to be administered to people aged 66 and over from mid-April. This vaccine only requires one dose. 

How does Spain’s vaccine rollout compare to other countries?

Across the EU, vaccinations have been hampered by supply issues. Spain has administered around 18.70 doses per 100 people, as of April 5th. This is slightly better than countries such as Germany, France and Italy, but behind countries such as Finland, Austria and Denmark. The top EU performers are Malta with 48.12 per 100 vaccinated, Hungary with 33.91 and Estonia, which has vaccinated 22.0 per 100 people. 

Spain’s first priority groups were care home residents and staff, front-line health workers, other care staff, and the significantly disabled. Most people in these groups have now been vaccinated.

The country then moved on to the over 80 year-olds, as well as key workers such as teachers, police, firefighters and pharmacists. As of April 1st, 71 percent of the over 80s had been vaccinated. Spain is currently vaccinating those in their 70s as well as the rest of the keyworkers. 

Spain had been giving the older population the Pfzier-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, while the AstraZeneca jab was reserved for key workers under the age of 55. This however has now changed because of the possible link between AstraZeneca and blood clots, and on April 7th it was announced that this vaccine would only be given to the over 60s. Spain has now approved the vaccine for people aged between 60 to 69. 

However, each Spanish region adopts slightly different approaches to their vaccination efforts and some are pulling ahead of others, with supply issues holding certain regions back.

In which Spanish regions is the vaccine campaign going well?

Rural regions with smaller populations have administered the most doses per 100,000 residents, while Andalusia has administered the most vaccines in total.

Asturias leads the way, giving out 25,959 doses per 100,000 inhabitants, with is 9.3 percent of the population fully vaccinated. 

Castilla y León’s vaccination rate is 25,427 doses per 100,000 residents. 9.2 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated. 

In third place, Cantabría had handed out 21,857 doses, with over 44,961 having been fully vaccinated. La Rioja and Extremadura are next in line, with similar roll out rates to Aragon

Castilla La-Mancha, Navarra, Galicia, Andalusia and Madrid have all fully vaccinated around six percent of their populations. 

Andalusia leads the way in terms of the number of people vaccinated, with around 1.4 million doses having been administered. 

Catalonia has administered 19,663 doses of the vaccine per 100,000 residents but is in second place when it comes to the total number of doses given at just over 1.2 million. 

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Which Spanish regions are falling behind in their vaccine rollout?

In terms of the vaccine rate per 100,000 inhabitants, Melilla, the Balearic Islands and Cueta are performing the worst. 

The Canary Islands, Valencia and the Basque Country are also near the bottom of the pile, having fully vaccinated around 5 percent of their populations. 

However, after Andalusia and Catalonia in terms of the total number of vaccines administered, Valencia is doing well with 768,371 doses having been given. 

This is followed by Castilla y León with a total of 534,134 vaccines given and Galicia with 478,450 vaccines having been administered.


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