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Coronavirus vaccinations begin across the islands with elderly first 

The Canary Islands have started the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine with effect from December 27th.

The campaign has started in seven residences for the elderly
in seven of the eight islands, in which 360 doses have been dispensed among
residents and workers of these centres. 

The historic day began with the delivery of the batch of
vaccines to the health authorities at the Tenerife North Airport, where they
arrived on Saturday afternoon, transferred on an Air Force plane from Madrid.

Three GES helicopters, with the support of the Canary
Police, have been responsible for the transfer and distribution of medical
supplies on Sunday morning to the remaining islands. In total, in this first
shipment 400 vaccines have been received.

After this first shipment, the Canary Islands will receive
6,825 doses of this vaccine for each province next week, representing a total
of 13,750 doses for the entire Archipelago.

The first vaccine was administered on Sunday afternoon at
the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores and, a few minutes later, the
vaccination began simultaneously in the seven residences in the remaining
islands: in Gran Canaria at the El Pino; in Fuerteventura at the Casillas de
Ángel Residence for the Elderly; in Lanzarote at the Amavir Haría and Las
Cabreras Dr. Domingo Guzmán Residence for the Elderly; on La Palma at the Nina
Jaubert centres for the elderly and for the disabled; in La Gomera in the
Immaculate Concepción Senior Centre and in El Hierro, in the El Pinar Senior
Centre.

84-year-old Doria Anatolia Ramos González from Tenerife was
the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the Canary Islands. In the
rest of the islands also the first to be vaccinated have been all women. In
Gran Canaria, María del Carmen Deniz Marrero, 73 years old; María del Pilar
Pérez Hernández, 81 years old in Lanzarote; Francisca Morales Padrón, 87 years
old in El Hierro; Carmen Cisnero Pastor, 95 years old in La Palma; Rosario
Torres Torres, 67 years old in Fuerteventura and, in La Gomera, Margarita Cubas
Pineda, 87 years old.

In total, the vaccine was administered on the first day to
360 residents and social health workers, giving priority to the most vulnerable
population, to then continue until all users of all centres are completed. The
vaccine administered is that of Pzifer, approved last Monday by the European
Medicines Agency (AEM) and of which the Canary Islands will have 169,000 doses
until March.

Vaccination has begun with the population sectors that must
first receive the Covid-19 vaccine as defined in the Vaccination Strategy
against COVID-19 in Spain, which establishes the chronological order of
priority of the population groups to vaccinate. Therefore, in the first stage,
residents and health and social health personnel who work in residences for the
elderly and care for large dependents will be vaccinated.

The first phase will continue with first-line personnel in
the health and social-health field and people considered highly dependent
(degree III dependency, that is, in need of intense support measures) who are
not currently institutionalised.

The vaccine is administered intramuscularly in a regimen of
two doses 21 days apart and this vaccine is only licensed for use from 16 years
of age.

A team of 150 Canarian Health Service nurses from all the
islands have received specific training and will be in charge of vaccinating
during the first phase in the Canarian health centres. Gradually, training in
the administration of this vaccine will continue to all Nursing personnel who
are usually already dedicated to vaccination in Primary and Specialised Care.

Until a significant proportion of the population is
vaccinated, it is very important that all people, both vaccinated and
unvaccinated, continue to maintain prevention measures:

Mask, hand washing, interpersonal distance, limiting the
number of people with whom we interact, always choosing open air or
well-ventilated spaces, staying home if you have symptoms, waiting for the
result of a diagnostic test or contact has been made with someone with COVID-19
remain top priorities.