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More than 85 percent of the population between the ages of 70 and 79 have received at least one dose of the vaccine

The Health Counselor reminds that whoever has not been vaccinated in this age group can request an appointment at 900 12 12 12

This week the vaccination of the age group between 60 and 69 years and of patients at risk will be prioritized

The Health Minister, Juan José Pedreño, said today, after the Covid Monitoring Committee meeting, that “practically the entire population of the age group 70 to 79 years, more than 85 percent, has already received a dose of the covid vaccine “.

This week the immunization of the age range of 60 to 69 years and also to patients at risk will be prioritized. However, the Minister of Health appealed to all those citizens between 70 and 79 years old who have not yet received the vaccine, and indicated that “no one is going to be left without vaccination, recaptures will be made in all municipalities and those who have not received their vaccination can call 900 12 12 12 to make an appointment “.

Regarding global vaccination data, the Minister of Health reported that the Region of Murcia registers 451,332 administered vaccines, of which 122,869 are second doses. Today 7,300 people are cited in Murcia, Cehegín and in health centers throughout the Region for second doses of people over 80 years of age and large dependents.

Uncertainty with Astrazeneca

Likewise, Pedreño disagreed with the decision of the Ministry of Health to postpone the administration of the second dose of Astrazeneca for four weeks. In his opinion “this decision, with which we do not agree, is incompressible and throws uncertainty and insecurity in those groups to which he gave the first dose”, and added that “the Region opted to apply the second dose, at least voluntarily, following the criteria of the European Medicines Agency and pharmacovigilance reports, “he said.

Regarding the measures taken in the Committee today, Pedreño reported that it has been decided to extend the measures already agreed until Sunday. The Health Minister explained that “next Sunday at 00:00 the State of Alarm expires, so it has been decided to extend these measures that have led the Region to have an excellent epidemiological situation while the Legal Services of the Community and the Epidemiology Service are working on the situation that we will face from that moment on, “he said.

Need for a ‘plan b’

Pedreño assured that “we must be prudent and cautious not to take steps backwards”, and insisted that it is necessary to provide the autonomies with a ‘plan b’ because, in global terms, Spain is at a medium / high alert level, due to the appearance of new variants and because community immunity has not yet been achieved.

The Region registered a cumulative incidence at 14 days of 73.2 and at seven days of 34.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Regarding the alert level, it continues in Phase I.

At its meeting today, and after analyzing the incidence rates in all municipalities, the Covid Committee decreed the Extreme alert level in the municipality of Ulea because its seven-day incidence rate stands at 471.1 cases per every 100,000 inhabitants. Likewise, it agreed to decree the Very High alert level in Lorquí, because its incidence rates are above the regional average.

Thirteen municipalities are at Medium / High alert level: Alcantarilla, Alguazas, Alhama de Murcia, Beniel, Cartagena, Cehegín, Ceutí, Cieza, Fuente Álamo, Lorca, Murcia, Puerto Lumbreras and Villanueva del Río Segura. The remaining 30 municipalities remain on Low alert.

13 new cases

The number of active cases today stood at 671. Yesterday 13 new cases were registered, of which three correspond to the municipalities of Cehegín and Cartagena, and the rest are distributed throughout the other localities.

The number of people admitted for covid amounts to 76, of which 22 are in the ICU. The Region did not register any deaths from covid yesterday for the second consecutive day.