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Catalan Health officials deny that they discriminated against police and civil guards in vaccination

The charges of the Government investigated for allegedly discriminating against police officers and civil guards in the vaccination plan against the coronavirus have argued before the judge that the delay in immunization was due to the delay in sending the census of agents by the respective bodies, and which was complicated by the suspension of the administration of AstraZeneca to those under 60 years of age due to cases of thrombosis.

Justice concludes that the Government discriminated against civil guards and national police in vaccination

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Before the investigating court 17 of Barcelona, ​​the current Secretary of Public Health of the Generalitat, Carmen Cabezas; the former director of the Catalan Health Service (CatSalut), Adrià Comella; the former director of the Organizations and Professionals area of ​​CatSalut SM; and the former Director of Services of the XR department

The criminal imputation of the Health charges was requested by the plaintiffs in the case, the Jucil and Jupol unions, highly critical of the management of the Government and the central Executive, after they had already achieved the effective vaccination of the agents of both bodies after ordering it , by administrative means, the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC).

Those investigated, who have answered all the questions except those from the police unions, have explained that they received the census of agents to be vaccinated between two and three weeks late compared to the data from Mossos d’Esquadra, a body in which the percentage vaccinated was much higher when vaccines were prioritized for first responders.

Sources from the Ministry of Health consulted by Europa Press have defended “the professionalism of the entire team that has participated in the vaccination campaign, which has been exemplary.”

The TSJC assessed the vaccination data in each police force and in December ruled that with the vaccination plan the Generalitat “did not have the same will and commitment in the health protection of the national bodies with respect to the inmates.” The sentence was based on an appeal filed by police unions, with which the Prosecutor’s Office agreed but to which the Generalitat opposed: it denied that it discriminated against state bodies and argued that “it was events beyond its control that caused the vaccination to take place at pace” that had been set.

However, sources from the unions involved maintain that they sent the censuses at the same time as to the rest of the autonomous communities –there have only been delays in Catalonia– and reproach that, even before vaccination with AstraZeneca was suspended, the percentage of vaccinated in Mossos was already superior compared to the National Police and Civil Guard.

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