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The Zendal reduces the rate of vaccination to meet the increase in hospital admissions

Queue to get vaccinated at the Isabel Zendal hospital. (Photo: Europa Press News via .)

The Isabel Zendal Nurse Hospital has closed one of the pavilions that it had destined for vaccination against Covid-19 to use it for the care of patients due to the increase in cases that require hospitalization registered in recent weeks.

The pandemic hospital launched by Isabel Díaz Ayuso to attend the arrival of Covid-19 currently has a pavilion for vaccination and two focused on patient care, with 295 admitted as of this Thursday.

Of the total admitted, 247 are in hospitalization, 30 in Intermediate Respiratory Care Units (ICU), nine in ICU and nine in rehabilitation, according to data provided to Europa Press from the health center. Since last December it received its first patient, Isabel Zendal has registered 6,709 admissions, with 6,140 discharges.

Pavilions 1 and 2 for patient care

Given the increase in hospitalizations in recent weeks and the pressure on care in public hospitals ―with a 14-day cumulative incidence of 561.09 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and 765 admitted to the ward and 129 to the ICU this Thursday―, Hospital Isabel Zendal has focused pavilions 1 and 2 on patient care, leaving only 3 for vaccination, which is carried out uninterruptedly 24 hours a day.

Compared to the usual average of 22,000 doses of vaccines inoculated daily, the hospital administered this Wednesday just under 20,000. A reduction that has also been conditioned by the lack of Pfizer vials that the regional government has repeatedly denounced.

In this way, the hospital center has focused this week on the administration of doses from other pharmaceutical companies such as Moderna, mainly, and AstraZeneca, with the inoculation this Wednesday of about 10,000 doses of the first and about 9,600 of the second.

More than seven million doses

In general terms, 47.8% of the region’s population already has the complete guideline. Taking into account only the target population, established in 5.6 million of the 6.8 million citizens in the region, the percentage of immunized represents 57.7%, while 76.5% have at least one dose .

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In total, a total of 7,079,452 doses have been administered of the 7,651,935 received – it has returned 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca to the Ministry of Health – with 2,774,044 registered second doses and 197,309 Janssen unit-dose vaccines.

The Ministry headed by Enrique Ruiz Escudero has repeatedly denounced the drop in the rate of vaccination due to the lack of receipt of vials, mainly from Pfizer, the most administered in the region and has received more than 5 million doses. A situation that, according to the Madrid government, also affects the administration of second doses, which in some cases is being delayed beyond the recommended 21 days.

From the central Executive, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, defended this week that the region has “enough vaccines to comply with the second doses” and defending that each Community knows in advance the number of vaccines it is going to receive .

This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.

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