Groups in which the population will be divided for the vaccination against the coronavirus

The Ministry of Health has divided the population into 15 groups to receive the vaccine against the covid, as announced on Friday by its chief, Salvador Illa.

The vaccination will take place in three phases, which correspond to the first three quarters of the year, and will be gradually extended depending on the availability of doses.

In the first phase, there will be those admitted to the residences, the staff who take care of them, the rest of the toilets and the severely disabled, or around 2.5 million people. The ministry intends to have them vaccinated between January and March.

Spanish coronavirus vaccination campaign: these are the 15 priority groups

In the second and third phases, which would then begin and each last a quarter, the rest would go, some of which can be divided into subgroups:

Over 64 (around nine million)
People at risk (obesity, diabetes)
Those who live or work in closed communities or environments
Vulnerable population due to their socio-economic situation
Essential workers
Child population
Population in high incidence areas or in epidemic situations
Pregnant and nursing mothers
Already immune people who have passed the covid
Adolescent and youth population and the rest of the adult population

The order of vaccination for each group in these phases is not yet decided. “The groups cover the entire Spanish population. On this basis, it will be decided who will have priority in steps two and three. It will be a flexible decision, which will be made by technicians when we have more data on vaccines and their availability.

The strategy will be updated, ”Illa explained. “The rest of the groups that will be incorporated into steps two and three will be gradually agreed upon as the doses arrive, their availability will increase, information on final vaccine characteristics and immunity will increase,” he said. he later added the ministry.

Logically, the delays will depend on a factor that Health does not control: which vaccines will arrive, when they will arrive and in what quantity. Healthcare, across the European Union, has signed or finalized contracts with six pharmaceutical companies (AstraZeneca, Sanofi-GSK, Janssen, BioNTech-Pfizer, CureVac and Moderna).

Spain has 140 million doses, which is equivalent to 80 million vaccinations (most require double doses), almost double that of citizens, an estimated margin to have enough doses in case of failure or failure. delay of experiments and to increase production so that developing countries can benefit.

What the minister insisted on were the guarantees of the drugs used, and that their distribution between groups and their prioritization will be based on aspects such as the risk of morbidity or serious mortality of people, the risk of the virus spreading. , the socio-economic impact. becoming infected and the risk of exposure to the pathogen.

This may result in the deployment of certain established categories (for example, among young people and adolescents, among those who live or work in a closed environment, or between pregnant and breastfeeding mothers), which could increase the number of groups to 18, according to the report. said Illa.

He also reiterated that the vaccination will be voluntary and, for the moment, it was not considered to establish the obligation of vaccination to carry out certain activities.

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