The Spanish vaccination fissure: the 40-49 age group

Vaccination against COVID-19 in Spain continues at a very good pace: according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health, there are already 35,070,311 people immunized against the coronavirus in our country, which represents 73.9% of the population; while 78.2% have received at least one dose, that is, 37,126,744 people.

Despite this, there is still an age group whose vaccination has slowed down, despite the fact that people and younger age ranges are already immunized against COVID-19. Is about people between the ages of 40 and 49. This age group started getting the vaccine in early June. Three months later, 84.8% of people of these ages are already immunized, and 87.1% of this group have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the Ministry of Health.

Other age groups have better figures, or the difference is not so great: 94.2% of the age group between 50 and 59 years old have already received a dose, while in those between 30 and 39 years old this percentage is around 76%, having started your vaccination a month later.

More than 100,000 people over 40 vaccinated in the first week of September

For this reason, the communities have succeeded in the first week of September, after the holiday period, to re-fish or attract for vaccination against COVID to 102,175 over 40s —Of the 1.45 million who have not yet received a dose—, of which more than 50% belong to the age group 40 to 49.

According to Jonay Ojeda, specialist in preventive medicine and public health and one of the spokespersons for the Spanish Society of Public Health and Health Administration, vacations could be one of the reasons, as perhaps Some people have “missed” their dates because it didn’t fit with their vacation.

Summer vacations and vaccinations in other communities

The specialist also points out that, due to vacations and vaccination in different communities, there may have been fragmentations in the registry systems: “In the registry of a community it is stated that you have been vaccinated with one dose but you have been vaccinated in another community of the second although Health does not have it registered, since the vaccination registry is made by autonomous community “.

Joan Caylà, member of the Spanish Epidemiology Society and president of the Barcelona Tuberculosis Research Unit Foundation, believes that this age group is the one that is afraid of the vaccine, the one who is postponing injection as much as possible or what believe it is not necessary to be vaccinated, according to the the diary of Nius.


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