Vaccine drive in Spain.

Vaccine drive in Spain.


Spanish supermarkets, department stores and other food and distribution companies offered today to help overloaded health authorities with coronavirus vaccinations, even as bars reopened in some regions amid slowing infections.

Five major retail associations said in a letter to health authorities that their members - many of which already carry out annual inoculations of staff - could administer COVID-19 jabs to their workers to ease pressure on the health service.

The companies, including El Corte Ingles, Carrefour and IKEA, said they could operate in strict compliance with the national vaccination strategy.

Although Spain initially said its primary-care network could handle the vaccination plan, an expected acceleration in vaccine deliveries in the second quarter is prompting regional authorities to consider converting big venues into makeshift injection centres.

Madrid has already said it will make use of stadiums, while other regions such as Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia are weighing their options, potentially even using cathedrals. The Andalusian city of Ronda has already begun using drive-thru vaccination stations.

To hit a national target of having 70% of the 47 million strong population inoculated by the of summer, some authorities may hire retired physicians, students or other professionals such as pharmacists to help out.

In an initial phase aimed at protecting care-home residents and workers and frontline medics, Spain has administered 2.3 million doses. Authorities will soon start inoculating a broader cross-section of society, including domestic workers and physiotherapists, with AstraZeneca's vaccine, which is approved for 18-55 year olds.

With Spain's 14-day infection rate down to 540 cases per 100,000 people from almost 900 in late January, several regions have begun to relax restrictions.
Bars in the central region of Castilla-La Mancha reopened on Friday but customers must download a QR code before going inside to allow for easier contact tracing.
Meanwhile Madrid said it would extend its 10 p.m. curfew by an hour to 11 p.m. from next Thursday.

But authorities in Valencia, where tough restrictions will remain in place until March, detected three cases of the South African coronavirus variant.


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Rich / Hace 8 months

And I thought the vaccination program was the responsibility of Armengol et al. What a fool l am.


Lisa / Hace 8 months

Sadly, I ... like many others ... do understand the party politics. It is much the same in many countries, career politicians are a reflection of our times. I’ve worked with senior politicians in the UK - I understand the game. But that won’t stop me asking the right questions - even if I have no hope of getting the right answers :)


Mark Badoer / Hace 8 months

Getting a vaccine at Ikea means you have to assemble the injection needle urself. The so called Injektø kit.


Mark Badoer / Hace 8 months

Lisa: because our dear Francine is butt kissing Pedro big time. She is a career politician, who truly does not give a monkey's about us. Only about herself. A sort of Trump edition No. 2. Why do you think she is always twisting and turning. That is called damage control. Read up a bit about this woman and you will understand.


Lisa / Hace 8 months

The 70 per cent target by the END of the summer just isn’t enough for the likes of the Balearics.

The island’s economy will be dead in the water.

Why aren’t our politicians screaming that???

Start fighting for the islands ... it’s not enough to let businesses do that.