The latest daily update from Spain’s Ministry of Health shows that 62.8 per cent of the population has now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
It means that 29,794,008 of the country’s citizens have now received either a single dose of the Janssen vaccine or both doses of the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines.
Furthermore, 34,716,227 people have received at least one dose, which equates to 73.2 per cent of the population.
The government’s aim is to fully vaccinate 70 per cent of the entire population by the end of the summer in order to reach ‘herd immunity’, however, this is looking increasingly unlikely at this stage.
The latest vaccination figures published on Monday show that 70.7 per cent of citizens over the age of 12 have now been fully vaccinated.
Nearly all of those in their 70s and 80s with 100 per cent of over 80s being vaccinated followed closely by 70-79-year-olds where 98.2 per cent have been fully jabbed.
Approximately 93.7 per cent of those between 60 and 69 have been fully vaccinated with the vast majority of those between 40 and 59 also receiving their full dose.
In the younger population, almost 32 per cent of those between 20 and 29 have been fully vaccinated with just 7.6 per cent of those between 12 and 19 having been fully inoculated to date.
Although the government’s herd immunity target will most likely be missed, the vaccination program continues to roll out and is having a major effect in reducing the number of hospitalisations.
Hospitalisations and Fatalities
The latest government figures suggest that there are now 9,356 patients receiving hospital treatment, which is lower than last week's figure of 10,411.
The number of Covid patients occupying hospital beds over the same period also fell with 7.97 per cent of beds taken compared to 8.83 per cent last week.
Patients who are currently receiving intensive care have also fallen from last week’s figure of 21.98 per cent to 20.96.
Yearly Booster Now Looks Likely
With the emergence of further strains of the virus, it is feared that the protection offered by the current vaccines may not be sufficient over the long term.
On Friday, the country’s Minister for Health Carolina Darias suggested that yearly booster jabs may be on the cards saying, “everything is pointing to” the need for a third dose.
During an interview with Onda Cero network, the minister stated: “Everything appears to point to the fact that we will have to administer a third dose. We have signed up to a contract with Pfizer and Moderna. What needs to be determined is when,” she continued.
When asked whether Spanish citizens would need to be vaccinated each year she said, “Yes, without a doubt,” however, the current aim is to “continue vaccinating everyone until reaching 100% of the population, if that is possible.”
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September 20, 2023