More than 31.6 million people have received the complete vaccination schedule in Spain, which means that two out of every three of its inhabitants have the maximum immunity against COVID-19, 66.7% of the population. This is a new milestone in the vaccination campaign that brings the goal of vaccinating 70% of the population with the full schedule.
In addition, 35.8 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 75.5% of the inhabitants. After the more than 347,417 doses administered in the last 24 hours, the autonomous communities have given a total of 63,938,402 injections.
Despite the fact that the rate of vaccination has decreased notably since the beginning of July, when 577,000 daily doses were put on a weekly average, Spain is already very close to reaching the goal that the Government had set to immunize 70% of the population. population before the end of August. If this rate is maintained, it will pass this barrier in nine days.
By age group, 91.4% of all those over 40 years of age are already fully immunized (they have received two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca or one of Janssen) and 93.9% have at least the first dose . In addition, all those over 80 years old – and almost 100% of those over 70 – have the complete guideline.
Vaccination continues to advance among the youngest age groups: 61.7% of people between 12 and 19 have at least one dose and 16.4% are fully immunized. The group from 20 to 29 has 70.5% with the first dose and 46.8% have received complete immunity, while 73% of those from 30 to 39 have the first dose and 63.7% the double standard or a Janssen injection.
Although the average vaccination in Spain is already close to that 70% of the immunized population, the communities march at different speeds. On the one hand, Asturias, Galicia, Extremadura and Castilla y León have already surpassed that mark. Asturias, in particular, has vaccinated 82.2% of its population with the first dose and 76.1% have the complete schedule. The next community to join this group will be the Basque Country, predictably, which has 69.5% of its inhabitants immunized.
On the other hand is the Balearic Islands, which at this rate would take even more 28 days to meet the goal; followed by Catalonia, which has 23 days left; or Murcia (22). Furthermore, Melilla, with only 56.7% of its population immunized, will still take 122 days to reach the goal if it does not increase the speed of vaccination.
The lack of immunity of children does not put the ‘back to school’ at risk if sanitary measures are maintained
If one had to choose the two great triumphs of the control of the pandemic in Spain, they would be the rate of vaccination and the management of infections in schools. Not even in the most difficult moments of the third wave was it proposed to close the centers, unlike what happened in other countries, and throughout the year there were less than 45 schools confined at a par, 0.2% of the total. The face-to-face teaching passed the exam with a note, and that is why the Ministry of Education has decided to repeat the formula next year.
Expectations are even better now. With 70% of people fully immunized by September and transmission of the virus decreasing, the impact on schools is expected to be less than in previous waves. The problem is that practically the entire unvaccinated population will be concentrated in the classrooms. The pandemic is about to face a new and unknown phase in which children under the age of 12 will play a fundamental role.