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Thirteen autonomous communities, including neither Madrid nor Catalonia, ask the Army for help to reinforce vaccination

Following the Government’s decision at the Conference of Presidents last week to make the Armed Forces available to reinforce vaccination devices, thirteen autonomous communities, in addition to Ceuta and Melilla, have requested help from the Army to boost their campaigns.

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As the Government has released in a statement, the Ministry of Defense will mobilize 1,000 soldiers, distributed in 150 mobile vaccination teams, to help the communities achieve the objectives set by Pedro Sánchez after his meeting with the regional presidents.

The regions that will receive the largest contingents are Andalusia, with 50 teams; Castilla y León, with 22; the Valencian Community, reinforced with 20; and Galicia and the Balearic Islands, with 10. Aragón, Asturias, Canarias, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura and La Rioja will also receive these military contingents. Neither Madrid nor Catalonia, two of the regions most affected by this sixth wave of infections, have required this additional support for the moment.

Aragon has been the first community to receive help from the Army and 308 Aragonese have already been vaccinated this Tuesday at the Zaragoza Military Hospital.

In addition to these vaccination teams, the Ministry has enabled two military hospitals, the Gómez Ulla Central Defense Hospital, the Life and Hope Health Center in Madrid, and the General Defense Hospital in Zaragoza.

Military aid is specially designed to promote vaccination in those over 12 years of age who have not yet received a dose or have not received the full schedule. This age segment has a vaccination coverage of 92% with the first injection and almost 90% with the full regimen.

The Army is also scheduled to assist with the inoculation of booster doses. This additional prick is intended for those over 40 years of age or people who received the Janssen single-dose antidote. According to the latest vaccination report from the Ministry of Health, 47.8% of those over 40 have the additional dose and 59.3% of those who received Janssen have also received the second injection.

On December 22, after meeting with the regional presidents, Sánchez announced a series of measures to stop this sixth wave of infections, including the promotion of the vaccination campaign, for which he established new objectives: that 80% of the population between 60-69 years is vaccinated with a third dose before the end of the year; reach that percentage in the range from 50 to 59 the week of January 24 and from 40 to 49 years the first week of March; reach 70% of the first pediatric dose the week of February 7 and 70% of children vaccinated on April 19.

It was in this context that Sánchez announced that the Government would make these Armed Forces vaccination kits available to the communities.