Despite Spain having one of the best vaccination rates in Europe, there are still a number of regions that are lagging behind.
One such area is the Costa del Sol in Malaga province, which according to official figures has the lowest take-up rates in Andalucia with only 68% of citizens having received a Covid vaccination.
Recently published figures from the country’s Ministry of Health and the Andalusian Institute of Statistics (IECA) show that as of November 23, the regional average stood at 80.5%, while Malaga province boasts a vaccination rate of 76.2%.
When comparing the Costa del Sol to other Andalucian regions, it is evident that the Costa del Sol still has a long way to go before it catches up with its neighbours.
What’s important to note is that of the more than 400,000 people in Andalucía over 12 years of age who have not yet received a single dose against Covid, just over half live in Malaga.
Córdoba is the province where the most people have been vaccinated against Covid (83%), followed by Jaén (82.7%), Granada (81.5%), Seville (81.5%), Cadiz (81.3%), Huelva (81.3) and Almeria (80).
Data suggests that those in their thirties are the most reluctant to be vaccinated, followed by those in their twenties. The highest rate of vaccination occurred in those over the age of 80 who are considered to be the most vulnerable to the complications associated with catching the virus.
So why is the vaccination rate in Costa del Sol so much lower?
According to sources from the Junta de Andalucía’s Ministry of Health, the most likely reason is due to the high levels of foreign residents that live in the Costa del Sol.
They suggest that a large number are reluctant to be vaccinated against the virus and that many would also have already been vaccinated in their home countries during visits over the past year or so.
Stats show that as of November 23, a total of 382,632 of the Costa del Sol’s residents had been vaccinated with almost all of those in the over 80s group having received both doses (96.9%). This was followed by those in the 70 to 79 group (90.5%), 60 to 69 (86.4%), 50 to 59 (85.8%), 40 to 49 (77.8%), 30 to 39 (65%), 20 to 29 (62.5%), and 12 to 19 (72.4%).
When drilling down further to the town level, Fuengirola, a favourite with many European holidaymakers, only has 62% of residents completely vaccinated. This is reduced to 55.9% in those aged between 20 and 29 years.
Other towns such as Torremolinos has 68.6% of residents vaccinated, with popular resorts of Marbella and Benalmádena 72% and Estepona with 72.1%.
National Vaccination Progress
The vaccination program along with public health measures is now the chosen path to beating Covid with the government rejecting calls to place new restrictions on the hospitality industry which would see cafes, restaurants having to close by 11 pm with nightlife venues permitted to open only until 1 am.
As of Wednesday, November 24, official data from the Ministry of Health reports that 37,567,042 people or 89.2% of the population have now been fully inoculated against Covid.
More than 90.8% of the population or 38,263,801 have now received at least one vaccination dose.
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