the Board expects to reach 50-70% of vaccinated in spring

The Minister of Health and Families of the Junta de Andalucía, Jesús Aguirre, has been optimistic this Wednesday regarding the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine that manages to contain the advance of the pandemic and reduce health pressure: «We will be vaccinating in the spring and we estimate that we will reach 50 or 70% »of the population by those dates.».

«They will all arrive, possibly in the first quarter of next year and we calculate to have a sufficiently vaccinated Andalusian population volume for spring, “Aguirre reported, while considering that with 70% of vaccinated Andalusians, one could already start talking about “herd immunity and begin to relax from the point of view of care pressure ».

In an interview on Canal Sur Televisión, collected by Europa Press, the Andalusian government adviser pointed out that there are large companies in the sector “working to provide us with an effective vaccine” and that they avoid reaching “the peak phase”, that is, lead to a “bad infection” leading to “admission, ICU or death.” Aguirre has reiterated his “full confidence” in the vaccines to come, for which “the EU is committed to the purchase of 800 million doses».

Asked about the prospects for the Puente de la Inmaculada, Aguirre pointed out that Andalusia “will take the measures” dictated by both Public Health, Epidemiology and the Committee of Experts, to add that this weekend “we will have the evaluation” of the latest averages taken. Has recognized that the evolution of this virus “is anarchic” and “to say how the bridge is going to be taking into account that we are 20 days away, I don’t see it appropriate”. «We will take the measures that the experts guide us; I do not want to give positive or negative expectations, “he said.

ICU beds, at 30% occupancy

Aguirre has denied that the Andalusian health system is close to collapse: “We are in a health situation typical of the pandemic, but we are far from collapsing”, why “we have played the cards fairly well to have that mattress and in the face of a possible increase, they can be absorbed without any problem, ”said Aguirre.

In this regard, it has offered the data of community hospitals, which register “30% of ICU beds occupied”, which guarantees that “cushion.” He also pointed out that with the prevention plan for 4,500 Covid patients that “we started about a month ago, there is greater availability than ever of hospital beds and ICUs.” Thus, he added that «a fifth of hospital beds are occupied by Covid patients, but 30% remain free in case the hospital admissions curve increases».

Antigen test in pharmacies

Regarding the performance of antigen tests in pharmacies, Aguirre has pointed out that the tests “increase their sensitivity over time”, but he has specified that in the face of this type of tests “one must be trained to take samples”, which ” currently it guarantees the qualifications of doctors and nurses. Has added that when diagnostic techniques are simpler, such as saliva tests, «it will be easy to do it in pharmacies, even the users themselves at home». “As the tests evolve, the hand will open up,” he said.

Asked about the new communication strategy of the Board, Aguirre said that the spokeswoman for the Committee of Experts on the pandemic, Inmaculada Salcedo, has been working with the coronavirus group since “we started in January”, to add that they want to “transmit maximum transparency.” «We want transparency and not hide anything so that the population feels calm», Has assured.

Aguirre has also referred to the order of November 8 on the rights of health workers. In this sense, he stressed that health professionals “are the most important” and the “most sensitized” to the issue of the pandemic, and “they are the ones I have to protect». He has once again acknowledged that “they should have spoken with the sectoral tables” and has insisted that “they are exceptional measures for exceptional moments if we were to collapse.”

To conclude, he reported that this Thursday there is a new meeting of the Sectorial Board of Health, to add that “the appropriate changes will be made in said order” and “if a new order has to be made, it will be done, repealing the current one. “I hope to finish this task throughout this week,” he added.