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Canary Islands plan to immunise 1.3 million people by summer 

The Ministry of Health has designed an operational plan to vaccinate 1,348,856 people over 16 years of age until summer, if the supply of vaccines is guaranteed.

Some 2,300 nurses with specific training will be assigned to
a network of vaccination points throughout the islands, which will be
operational from Monday to Sunday, in 12-hour shifts and, in some centres, in
24-hour shifts.

Minister of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands,
Blas Trujillo, presented details of the Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 in
the Parliamentary Health Commission, together with the director of the Canarian
Health Service, Conrado Domínguez. The aim is to immunise 70% of the Canarian
population over 16 years of age, a total of 1,348,586 people, a goal to be
achieved in summer provided that regular reception of the doses of vaccines
necessary to achieve this coverage is guaranteed.

For the development of this operational vaccination plan,
which follows the criteria defined in the Strategy of the Ministry of Health,
the Ministry of Health has deployed a logistical structure for the reception,
conservation and distribution of the vials in each of the islands, as well as
it has an intense training activity underway in vaccination against COVID-19 of
the nursing staff in charge of its administration, with more than 1,200 nurses
trained so far and another 1,000 in progress during this month of February.

Stage 1 of the vaccination strategy began on December 27th
and so far almost 100% of the residents and professionals of the islands’
social-health centres (group 1, made up of 18,349 people) have been immunised.
It has reached a coverage of 95.7% in the first dose of the personnel of the
health and social health centres (groups 2 and 3, comprising 36,376
professionals).

The administration of the second dose to these personnel has
already begun, as has the vaccination of workers in private and subsidised
health centres.

As of February 5, 2021, the vaccination schedule for 20,599
inhabitants has been completed and a total of 76,231 doses have been
administered.

According to the strategy, the following priority population
groups to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are made up of large
non-institutionalised dependents (group 4 and last of stage 1) and people aged
80 and over residing in their homes (group 5 and first of stage 2), a complex
group that requires professionals to travel to each of the homes.

Both groups total 70,073 people in the Canary Islands and
will begin to receive the first dose in the coming weeks.

After the home vaccination of large dependents and people
aged 80 and over, the Ministry of Health will continue with the population
groups that the Ministry of Health and the autonomous communities determine as
following in the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System.

To achieve coverage of 70% of the Canarian population
vaccinated against COVID-19 in summer 2021, the Ministry needs to receive
2,697,172 doses of vaccines with which to immunise a target population over 16
years of age of 691,491 residents in the province of Las Palmas and 657,096, in
the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

For its administration, it will allocate up to 2,300 nurses
with specific training in a network of vaccination points that will be
operational from Monday to Sunday, in 12-hour shifts and, in some centres, in
24-hour shifts. For this, 5 million 1 ml syringes would be used (zero vacuum).

The Ministry handles two scenarios during the development of
the operational plan, subject to the availability of the necessary vaccines,
consisting of the administration of 25,000 daily doses, which would require 128
days (four months and eight days) to complete the immunisation of 70% of the
population, and 30,000 daily doses, which would require 111 days (three months
and twenty-one days).

Both in the capital islands and in the non-capital islands,
vaccination will be carried out in health centres and hospitals, as well as in
infrastructures made available by councils and city councils.

Likewise, in order to vaccinate the largest number of the
population in the shortest possible time and relocate the activity of most
health centres, in the capital islands agile vaccination points will be enabled
in INFECAR, Gran Canaria Arena, Expomeloneras, Recinto Tenerife Fair, Guajara
Campus at the ULL, Magma Arte & Congresos and Puerto de la Cruz Conference
Centre.

The Ministry of Health foresees a very high participation of
the Canarian population in this vaccination campaign, which is voluntary.

Of the distribution of the vaccines that the Ministry of
Health carries out among the Autonomous Communities, the Canary Islands have
234,255 doses of Pfizer until the end of March, 24,310 of Moderna until
February 22 and 86,360 of AstraZeneca until March 3, of the assigned quota to
Spain (1,800,000 doses), which brings the total number of doses committed up to
now to 339,925, 12.6% of the total needed for the vaccination of the Canary
target population.