676,186 Coronavirus vaccines have now been administered in Spain since December 27 the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday.
In total, there have now been more than 1.1 million doses distributed throughout the country, nearly all being the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
Spain has also received over 35,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine which was recently approved by the EMA (European Medicines Agency). This has also started to be distributed throughout the different regions with some people already being vaccinated with it.
Andalucia has currently had the most vaccines administered with 123,459 people receiving the jab. Catalonia has had the second most vaccinations with 105,587 and Valencia with 80,429 vaccinations recorded.
It was feared that the recent disruption caused by storm Filomena would hamper the vaccinations efforts, however, this has not been the case.
It was reported by the Ministry of Health on Wednesday that 94,548 people had received the vaccine which was almost the same as the number administered in the first week of the vaccination campaign (99,753) which began on December 27.
However, for the government to reach its target of 30 million vaccines being administered by the Summer, the current rate would need to increase significantly.
Spain has currently procured 46 million vaccine doses which are Pfizer/BioNTech (30 million) and Moderna (16 million). The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will be the next vaccine to be delivered with the Janssen candidate another possibility.
One of the reasons the number of doses administered has picked up is due to the fact that regions are no longer holding doses back which was due to the uncertainty of the next deliveries. This was to retain sufficient doses to give those who would be due their follow up jab.
The process and organisation of administering the doses have also improved with those performing the vaccinations now more confident with the process as it is thought to be more complicated than what they are used to.
It comes as the country registered its highest number of cases in a single day on Thursday with 35,878 new infections.
It is thought that around 19,000 people are currently hospitalised with the virus with many in intensive care and doctors warning of impending overflows in a number of regions.
Published statistics by the Ministry of Health on Thursday showed that 2,211,967 cases had now been detected in Spain with 53,079 people losing their lives.
You can find out all the current news and statistics for Spain and its regions via our Coronavirus updates page.
September 20, 2023