Pfizer vaccine arrives in Palma.

Pfizer vaccine arrives in Palma.

04-01-2021Ultima Hora

The Ministry of Health is planning to ask nurses to work overtime to get help accelerate the Covid-19 vaccination process.

Healthcare Personnel in Minorca have already been asked to create vaccination teams and staff in Mallorca and Eivissa will be approached in the next few days. Vaccination teams have already been set up in Catalonia.

Hospital staff are working at full tilt as coronavirus infections rise and more people are being admitted to Covid wards and Intensive Care Units, but there’s a severe lack of available nurses. The situation is further aggravated by the fact that a number of Healthcare Professionals have contracted the virus and others have been quarantined because they’ve been in contact with someone who’s infected.

The Balearic Islands have already administered 56 percent of the vaccines received, but the Health Authorities are keen to speed up immunisations and the Medical Union, Simebal is demanding that the army be drafted in to help.

The Nursing Union, SATSE has warned that “Regional Governments have not reinforced nursing staff at Health Centres in order to be able to carry out the vaccination campaign with all the guarantees of efficacy, safety and agility against Covid-19 over the next few months.”


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Yogi / Hace 7 months

Update: I have just read in the Mallorcan press that medical staff will start being vaccinated from...drum roll Wednesday! That says all you need to know about how it’s going to go this year.


Yogi / Hace 7 months

Are they not vaccinating all medical staff as an immediate priority? No point having a vaccine but no staff because they are all ill. It’s not rocket science. All this needs to be done at speed too, none of this mañana mentality that’s being reported around the country, like in Madrid, where they’ve barely got going. Talk by the Mallorcan Govt of 70% of the population being vaccinated by the END of summer is woefully inadequate. Such ineptitude will wreck this year too and with it many more lives and livelihoods than covid actually will. As if January wasn’t miserable enough?


Zoe / Hace 7 months

Definitely army medics could help rather than over worked nurses work longer hours. Hope in Balearics Health authorities are not behaving the same as in UK. volunteered Dentists and retired doctors, nurses have to jump through so many hoops and fill so many papers that they are put off. Right now we need health professionals who can administer the vaccine safely. I mean I had my flu jab done at the local pharmacy, what is the difference now? As a ex nurse I can say nothing which can not be addressed with a little bit of training or information sheet.