The Basque Country will continue with the vaccination process in nursing homes for the elderly next Wednesday after the 16,000 doses that were scheduled for today arrive tomorrow, Tuesday, which have been delayed after a logistical problem at Pfizer in Belgium.
The Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui , described yesterday, when the vaccination started, as “historical, which marks a before and after in the pandemic.”
The counselor has pointed out that the 405 doses that were given yesterday to residents of senior centers and health personnel of the same, has allowed to assess that the personnel specifically prepared for vaccination have the capacity to face the process without problems.
Sagardui recalled that vaccination will be a “long” process, in which it must be taken into account that each vaccinated person must receive a second dose at 21 days.
The calendar of this process starts with 18,000 people residing in centers for the elderly and 15,000 health workers who care for them, to continue with the vaccination of around 40,000 Osakidetza workers starting with the first-line health, then it will be expanded to the rest of the health personnel and the general population, depending on how vaccines are being received.
The Basque Government spokesman, Bingen Zupiria, assured this morning that it will take around half a year to achieve group immunity in the Basque Country, counting on the approval of new vaccines, since now only Pfizer is approved, which is It began to be inoculated this past Sunday.
Meanwhile, the evolution of the pandemic and how holidays can influence the increase in cases are being watched closely.
Once the Christmas Eve bridge was over, the Basque Country registered 298 new coronavirus positives this past Sunday , which is 72 more than the previous day, and the positivity rate continues to be above 5% for the fourth consecutive day, registering 6 , 2% .
In addition, 31 people have entered the ward, 8 more than on Saturday and the number of patients admitted to the ICU has decreased to 83, three less than the day before.
By province, Bizkaia registers the highest number of new cases, with 151 positives, which is 40 more than the previous day. In Gipuzkoa there have been 94 infections, 23 more than on Saturday.
The Alava territory adds 49 positives (9 more than the previous day) and there are four cases of people residing outside the Basque Country, the same number as on Saturday.
For their part, in Basque hospitals 31 people with covid have been admitted to the ward this Sunday, eight more than the previous day, and 83 people with this disease remain in ICUs, three less than the previous day.
On the other hand, a total of 11 Basque towns, 10 of them from Gipuzkoa and one from Biscay, will have to keep the hotel business closed due to their epidemiological situation of the covid until New Year’s Day .
The director of Public Health and Addictions of the Basque Government, Itziar Larizgoitia , has issued a resolution this Monday that includes the list of municipalities in which the opening of hotels is prohibited due to the epidemiological situation.
It will come into effect tomorrow, Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31, New Year’s Eve, the evolution will be reviewed with a new report that will be effective on New Year’s Day.
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The 10 Gipuzkoan towns affected by the measure are Aretxabaleta, Arrasate, Azpeitia, Beasain and Ordizia, all of them with more than 5,000 inhabitants, as well as the smaller municipalities of Errezil, Eskoriatza, Leintz Gatzaga, Segura and Zaldibia.
The only municipality in Bizkaia where the hotel business must close is Arrigorriaga.