The excuses alleged for not getting vaccinated against covid

Why had he not been vaccinated until now and in the end he has? This question opens the door to a thousand reasons. They vary according to each person, although they outline that 30% of the population (less if children are discounted) that have not yet been vaccinated against covid.

David, a 55-year-old truck driver, had not been vaccinated because he did not have time, when he made many international trips, he explained yesterday, despite admitting that a colleague had done so. He decided to give himself the injection because the other day he couldn’t get into a restaurant in Germany; They asked for the vaccination certificate or a negative PCR that had not had time to do either.

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Yesterday she was one of the people who got vaccinated in a square in Poble Sec in Barcelona, ​​which is not even her neighborhood, but she signed up for the repechage what the Department of Health and the Barcelona City Council are doing to increase vaccination (not only done in Barcelona, ​​but also in other places in Catalonia).

A testimony

Natividad, 78, had not injected herself until yesterday; suspicious of vaccines

Natividad, 78, had not injected herself either until yesterday, she was reluctant to do so due to distrust of vaccines.

Lack of time is the most alleged reason among those who had not yet had the injection, by 21%, followed by doubts about vaccines (19%). Another 12% allege difficulties in accessing the appointment system, 11% who were traveling, 7% language difficulties … These are the main justifications obtained by the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB) on day 2 in a vaccination in the Trinitat Vella neighborhood. “And we see a lot the profile of those who believe that they do not go with him, that he is healthy and will not have serious problems if he contracts the covid,” added the Secretary of Public Health, Carmen Cabezas.

Who are going to the repechage

Most young men

In one of these vaccinations in the Raval neighborhood, it was found that 75% of those who attended were men, with an average age of 37 and mostly of Spanish nationality, despite the fact that there is a lot of immigration in Ciutat Vella.

So these weeks, in Barcelona, ​​vaccination points are installed on Thursday and Friday mornings in neighborhoods with the lowest percentage of immunization. He has gone to Bon Pastor, Baró de Viver, El Raval, Besòs Maresme. This September they will also go to the Red Square, in the center of Ciutat Meridiana (the 16th), the Rambla del Raval (the 17th), the Marina del Port (the 23rd) or the Gòtic de Ciutat Vella (the 30th) Councilor Gemma Tarafa explained. They are “selective” actions, he said, that can be scaled up, depending on how vaccination evolves.

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A health worker injected a woman yesterday at the mobile vaccination point


These mobile vaccinations involve health workers (yesterday there were some of those who normally vaccinate at the Fira de Montjuïc), Red Cross volunteers, municipal civic agents and entities to attract people outside the snaitario system. They involve a great effort to inject 100 or 200 people in one morning (they have already been 450), but it is seen as the way to reach someone who would not otherwise be vaccinated. Who does not go to vaccinations.

Argimon advances that large vaccination centers such as Fira will soon withdraw

These large vaccination centers, although Cabezas indicated that they remain for now, the minister Josep Maria Argimon said yesterday that they will soon withdraw, that with 70% of the vaccinated population, “they make less and less sense.” Salut raises this latest offensive to expand the percentage of vaccinated in this month of September. In October, CAPs are expected to focus more on their regular business.

Yesterday, in Poble Sec, among those who came to get the Janssen single-dose injection, which is the one used in these actions (in principle it is administered to people over 40 but also to a population that is difficult to capture), there were people from neighborhood like Naveed, 35, who had not been vaccinated, he said, having been traveling, and others from different points. As a young Iranian, she arrived to study at the Esade business school and took the opportunity to give herself the injection, according to her mother.

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Or like a veterinarian from the Sarrià neighborhood, who had not wanted to vaccinate until he could get Janssen, he explained, because it is a viral vector vaccine. AstraZeneca also uses this traditional method (inactivated adenovirus particles are used to encode the coronavirus protein and be recognized by the immune system). The veterinarian fled from mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna), unpublished before the covid, and which he does not trust.

Among those who have been slow to get the vaccine, there are many reservations about these drugs: one pointed out that he wanted to wait to see the effects in millions of people, believing that “they were made too quickly”; another said that an acquaintance has suffered serious adverse effects; another is bothered by the vaccination campaign “because there is a lot of politics and interests behind it” …

Without fear of the virus

Have you not been afraid of being hospitalized for the covid? No, although many admit to having had acquaintances admitted and even deceased. “No fear. It’s that I think I passed the infection at the beginning, in February 2020, ”Natividad responded.

Most have finally decided to give themselves the injection, as a 32-year-old summarized yesterday, believing that every day it will be more difficult to move without the vaccination certificate, which they think will be requested for everything. Klaus, a 40-year-old German, has already been vaccinated so that he can visit his father, hospitalized in his country.

83% of the population of Barcelona over 12 years old already has a dose of vaccine and 75% both, said Tarafa yesterday. In Ciutat Vella it takes a dose only between 65% and 73%, depending on the neighborhoods. But it has been reduced during the summer of 30% to 23% the difference in coverage between the different neighborhoods of the city and detected by the ASPB. A difference that is partly explained by socioeconomic status, since the neighborhoods with the least coverage are among the least buoyant.


Salut will analyze vaccination coverage in secondary schools after the start of the course and injections could be given in centers with a low percentage of immunized, but it would not be a vaccination only of students, but open to the neighborhood where the institute is, Carmen said yesterday Cabezas It would be another measure to increase vaccination in neighborhoods with less coverage.
In the same way, injection points will be opened in all universities. Yesterday a balance was made of the incidence of covid in educational leisure during the summer and only 0.5% of children and monitors were infected, nine times less than in general at those ages. 45% of boys between 12 and 15 years old already have a complete vaccination and 66% between 16 and 19.

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