Spain announced on Wednesday that it had hit its initial target of vaccinating 70 per cent of the population against Covid-19.
According to the latest figures published by the Ministerio de Sanidad on Wednesday evening, a total of 33,376,693 have now been fully vaccinated equating to 70.3 per cent of Spanish citizens.
With the country’s vaccination program now in full swing, a total of 36,533,328 people have now had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
To date, a total of 73,950,982 doses of the four authorized vaccines have now been delivered, of which 66,130,220 (89.4%) have already been administered.
In terms of the age groups which have now been vaccinated, around 92 per cent of those over the age of 40 have now been fully vaccinated, with 100 per cent of those over 80 also having received their full dosage.
Between 70 and 79 a total of 98.4 per cent have been vaccinated closely followed by 95.6 per cent of those in the 60 - 69 age group. 91.6% of 50 to 59-year-olds; and 83.6% among people aged 40 to 49 years have also been fully vaccinated.
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez took great delight in the news, taking the opportunity to tweet to his 1.5 million followers saying, “70 per cent of Spain’s population is now fully vaccinated. Thanks to the national health system, the efforts of our health professionals, the work of our public administrators and our public awareness campaign.”
In April, Mr Sánchez announced that by the end of the summer, he wanted 70 per cent of the country’s 47,450,795 citizens vaccinated against the virus.
Minister for Health, Carolina Darias was also delighted with the news saying that it was a “success for the country” although it had not been without its challenges.
She took the opportunity to thank the national health system and the population for their effort and commitment in the face of such adversity saying,"Thank you very much for helping us to make our country one of the best protected and safest places from COVID-19 and for contributing to an unprecedented social and economic recovery in our country.”
Initially, it was believed that this would then activate herd immunity, however, this number is now thought to be too low with 85 per cent a more realistic figure given the recent emergence of more transmissible strains of the virus.
The vaccination campaign news means that Spain is one of the EU’s most successful nations in its vaccination efforts.
Only three countries within the European Union can boast a better vaccination rate which are Malta, Portugal and Denmark all of which have already vaccinated over 70 per cent of people.
On Tuesday, the EU announced that they had reached their own specific objective which was to vaccinate 70 per cent of citizens throughout the bloc.
It comes as Spain published its latest daily stats on Wednesday which showed that there had been a further 6,818 new cases recorded and another 132 deaths in the past 24 hours.
This brings the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 4,861,883 with the number of fatalities at 84,472.
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