Coronavirus vaccination, Mallorca. archive photo. | Ultima Hora


The Balearic Islands have vaccinated the least amount of people in the country with just 3.2% of the population having received both injections, which is well below the national average.

Madrid is also woefully slow in vaccinating people, just 20.78% have had one jab and 3.75% have had two.

Nationwide, 21.6% of the population has received the first injection and 4.76% has had both.

The Ministry of Health justified the sluggish vaccination programme in the Balearic Islands claiming the doses received are "based on the target population, not the total population,” and that once specific groups are immunised, more doses will be allocated and the programme will speed up.

"Very specific groups are still being vaccinated, including those over the age of 80 and proportionally there are fewer people in that age group," said a Ministry of Health Spokesperson.

The AstraZeneca suspension also delayed vaccinations but are scheduled to resume on Wednesday.

By March 17, the Balearic Islands had received 86,940 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 11,100 of Moderna and 47,500 of AstraZeneca and 80.4% of them have already been administered, so injecting people doesn't seem to be the problem, it's not having enough doses that's holding things up.

The Balearic Islands has administered 80.4% of the vaccines received which is the 6th highest in the country, after Ceuta which has immunised 95.3% of its population, Melilla 91.8%, Andalusia 85.9%, La Rioja 82.5% and Aragon 80.9%. The national average is 78%.

Health Minister, Patricia Gómez, continues to insist that 70% of the Balearic population will be immunised by summer. She said earlier this week that the Balearic Islands has the capacity to deliver 260,000 vaccines a week with the help of private clinics and is confident that the vaccination schedule is on target.

But residents and business owners in Mallorca completely disagree. Compared to other places, the Balearic vaccination programme appears to be dead slow and stop and there are constant calls from the business community and residents for immunisations to be speeded up immediately, to reduce the risk of infection, protect residents and get the economy back on track.

Percentage Vaccinations by Autonomous Community:

Percentage vaccinated by Community.