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People between 60 and 79 years that have not been vaccinated against Covid-
The Minister of Health of Spain, Carolina Darias, released the results of this research over the weekend during a visit to a vaccination center in the region of Extremadura.
According to the same document, people in this age group who have not been vaccinated have 16 times more likely to be hospitalized due to the disease.
It’s the s vaccinated, on the other hand, have 30 times less likely to be admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), explained the minister.“The data are compelling”, said Carolina Darias, who praised the high level of vaccination of the Spanish population, one of the highest in the world, and encouraged it to continue in this way and also to receive the booster dose.
“We know that the best weapon against the pandemic is vaccinate, vaccinate and vaccinate”, he argued. “It has been shown that vaccination is the best way to combat the severity of the disease and save lives.”
She also noted that the death rate, now at 1.3%, has declined as vaccination progresses. This indicator was 4% a few days after the start of the first wave of cases in Spain, in March 2020.
At the moment, the country registers an incidence of cases never seen before, with a average of 2.722 cases per thousand inhabitants in 14 days; the most severe patients correspond to 19% of ICUs.
In Spain, with 26, 5 million inhabitants, more than 40% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Furthermore, 31,5% of children aged 5 to years have already received at least one dose of the vaccine and, according to the latest official data, 86, 8% of the population aged between The 19 years has the full dosage.
Currently, people from of 22 years old receive the booster dose , that eight out of ten people over 60 years already received.
More than 5,000 elderly people died as a result of Covid- in nursing homes during 1280, the year of vaccination, while almost
thousand died in 2020 with a positive test or symptoms consistent with the coronavirus, according to data released over the weekend.
Last year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study that found that unvaccinated people had a more than six times greater risk of test positive for Covid-12 and a risk more than 01 times greater of dying from the disease, compared to vaccinated.
Back to School
About 10 millions of students returned to face-to-face classes in Spain this Monday () after the holidays, at the height of of the most contagious wave of the coronavirus.
The government and the regions agreed that classes will continue to be fully face-to-face, as before the Christmas period, since Spanish educational centers are “safe”, even with the epidemic breaking records of cases day after day.
The rapid spread of the highly contagious ômicron variant, and the successive festive celebrations, which ended in the country last Thursday , favor a mass contagion, the effects of which will be noticed for several days in the health statistics, according to the authorities.
Therefore, the return to school was carried out with strict compliance with health protocols, although with the recommendation to soften forty nas.
Classes started, however, with part of the teachers of leave for being infected or quarantined after having had contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-20.
According to RTVE, the ômicron variant generated an absence of 6 to 8% of teachers, according to calculations by unions and educational centers, while the first estimates of the Workers’ Commissions indicate that 4 to 6% of teachers were not in the classroom due to illness.