This is the rolling coronavirus story for Wednesday 10 March 2021
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Vaccination stats published yesterday afternoon with data up to 8 March for all regions (so still not including the 500,000+ Pfizer vaccines that arrived on Monday) - around 136,000 more doses administered in a day; around 28,750 more people vaccinated for a second time in a day.
Bad news - vaccine roll out being delayed by lack of deliveries
The lack of vaccines knocks down Health forecasts with those over 80 years of age
In three weeks, just over 40% have been vaccinated and it is not possible to continue advancing because only doses have arrived for second intakes
Impotence. This is the word that best sums up the sentiment that currently exists in the Almeria health districts, from where the low rate of delivery of vaccines by different pharmaceutical companies is viewed with great concern. Especially from Pfizer and Moderna, the most effective and so far the only valid ones to immunize people over 55 years of age, who are ultimately the most vulnerable.
As this newspaper has been able to confirm after consulting with various health sources, around 7,000 doses of Pfizer will arrive in the province this week –today at the latest–. These will be entirely destined to complete the vaccination schedule of the first members who were vaccinated among the group of people over 80 who are outside the residences, which began to be inoculated with the antidote against covid on February 15. .
From the different management centers, whether in Seville, Granada or the rest of the Andalusian provinces, they regret that the vaccines do not arrive in the amount expected. With the shipments that have been received, it has only been possible to administer the first dose to just over 40% of the people of Almeria in this group. The group is made up of 28,766 people, according to the data contained in the Register. The goal was to have them all vaccinated between the last week of February and the first of March. But this has not been possible. The health sources consulted explain that at least double the vials that have been received were expected. And the forecasts, at least for the remainder of the month, do not seem to mark any distance with what has been arriving so far.
Three weeks after the start of this campaign, Health has already ruled out continuing to cover a greater percentage of the population and will complete the immunization of those already vaccinated. This means delaying the immunization of this group until at least mid-April, as the Minister of Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, has already estimated. And the brake on these aspirations comes just a few days after Pfizer authorized the movement of its product to homes, an operation that was underway and that was aimed at those over 80 who had problems getting around due to their lack of mobility .
Yesterday Aguirre pointed out to the media that there would be no new citations to vaccinate until the week of March 22-28, when those who have been vaccinated last week from the first dose have just been immunized. They expect the rate of shipments to grow next month. At the moment they have already approved the '500,000 plan', which does not leave a loose end in both media and infrastructure to put all these doses a week in the autonomous community. Within the framework of this strategy, in Almería this week it was on the table to open a score of large spaces for mass vaccination. It is an extreme that no longer arises considering that there are no vaccines that cannot be administered with what is open today.
The elderly are being vaccinated in the health centers that are the county seat. And to the members of the State Security Forces and Bodies with AstraZeneca. In the hospitals, the districts are being supported with the few existing doses of Moderna, which are being administered to some private toilets. There is also a vaccination point in operation in El Ejido and some rotating stations in the districts, so there is no need for more headquarters for the moment, "but more vaccines," complained one of the consulted health sources. The same ones who are suspicious, due to their experience, that in April as many as are being said will arrive.
The Ministry of Health announced on Monday that Pfizer will definitely reinforce its shipments from then on. And it needs to be this way because not only risk segments such as those in their 70s or 60s are waiting for these vaccines, but also people between 55 and 65 who make up the professional groups that are already being vaccinated with AstraZeneca. It should be remembered that this solution is not recommended at the moment for those over 55, so many people are being left in limbo. The Board will request this week to extend the Oxford University solution to the elderly, something that is already done in countries like Germany.
The positive thing about this vaccine is that between the first and second dose you can wait three months. This allows managers much more margin than with Pfizer, which the second round has to be done at 21 days. Hence, the first doses continue to be given to everyone. Among them, to Education professionals, with whom it has already been finished. Regarding the State Security Forces and Bodies, last week national and local police officers were vaccinated and now it is the turn of Firefighters, Civil Protection and Benemérita, whose agents will be staggered to avoid that many casualties may coincide due to adverse effects that appear after takes.
Stats for the last 24 hours - 73 more cases and 5 more deaths
Slight rise in new cases and five deaths in the last 24 hours
The province currently has 13,106 active cases
Slight rise in new cases in the last 24 hours in the province, but these remain below a hundred on this Wednesday day. One more day, the most negative part of the effects of the pandemic continues to be in the deaths.
According to the latest update of the daily data by the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA), Almería has a total of 73 positives detected through PDIA tests (PCR technique or rapid antigen test).
The province is this Wednesday the third Andalusian territory that registers fewer cases, only Jaén with 51 and Huelva with 25 are behind in a day that Andalusia adds 977 infections.
The day before it left 66 new positives in Almería, a figure that improved the data of the previous days (which exceeded one hundred and even approached 200 cases, as happened on March 6).
Despite this drop in the number of infections, deaths continue to occur in the province, which adds five new deaths in the last 24 hours. A total of 49 people with coronavirus have died this March, a figure that rises to 684 deaths since the start of this health alert.
This Wednesday, there is an improvement in the data of the new hospitalizations: eight more in this last day, although there are four admissions in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
One more day, we must highlight the number of people who have overcome the disease in these 24 hours. The province adds 134 more cured and there are already 32,457 people from Almería who have defeated the virus.
Active cases of coronavirus in the entire province of Almería are, today, 13,106, compared to 13,172 the day before.
Regarding the accumulated incidence, the provincial rate falls and stands at 210.3 cases in the last 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants (yesterday it was 229.3). A decrease that can also be seen in the accumulated rate of the capital of Almería, which goes from 242.9 this Tuesday to 226 today.
Throughout the community
Andalusia adds 977 cases of coronavirus this Wednesday, March 10, more than double the 474 infections of seven days ago, according to data from the Andalusian Institute of Statistics and Cartography.
Despite the increase in cases this day, the accumulated incidence rate of the autonomous community decreased for the second consecutive day and stood at 122.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
Seville ranks as the province with the most infections on this day, with 230, followed by Malaga with 177, Granada with 169, Cádiz 135 and Córdoba with 117. Below the hundred cases are Almería with 73, Jaén with 51 and Huelva with 25.
The 35 deaths this Wednesday in Andalusia represent a decrease compared to the 74 on Tuesday. On this day, Seville adds 12 deaths, Córdoba seven, Almería and Malaga five, Granada four and Cádiz three. In addition, the IECA has adjusted the death count in Jaén and has estimated the total deaths at 875, one less than the 876 the day before.
Cumulative Stats from Almería 360 - El Ejido now has 285.3 cases (approximately 43 fewer than yesterday) per 100,000 inhabitants based on the 14 day average (red for increase; blue for decrease)