Tuesday 9th March 2021 | translated by MIKE SMITH
The president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, has announced that, starting next Monday, March 15, and within two weeks, a total of 116,032 teachers and staff working educational centres in the Valencian region will be vaccinated.
The president appeared at a press conference after the meeting held at the Palau de la Generalitat with the Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Vicent Marzà, and the Minister of Universal Health and Public Health, Ana Barceló, to discuss the vaccination plan for the educational community.
He explained that the AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered to all teaching staff and to all staff with direct presence in the centres who are between 18 and 55 years old. As a whole, this vaccination, the first on a massive scale, will cover a total of 116,032 people from public, subsidized and private non-university educational centres. To do this, vaccination spaces will be organized in 23 municipalities, spread throughout the territory.
Specifically, it is expected to vaccinate 74,000 professionals with the first dose next week and 42,032 the following week. Also, the second dose will be given 10-12 weeks later, in early June.
The president stressed that this vaccination plan is part of the actions to guarantee “maximum safety” in the classrooms, and stressed that members of the educational community aged between 55 and 65 will be prioritized in the process of immunization, along with the rest of the essential services groups, and vaccinated when sufficient doses of Pfizer are available.
The Minister of Education, Vicent Marzà, specified that the campaign will be concentrated over six days and has been programmed so that the possible secondary effects do not affect the day-to-day life of the educational centres. It will be carried out on Monday 15th (in the afternoon), Tuesday 16th (all day), Wednesday 17th (all day), and Thursday 18th (all day), taking advantage of the non-school days declared for the Fallas, as well as Friday 26th (in the afternoon) and Saturday 27th (all day).
Marzà explained that the first dose will be administered to 116,032 people, representing approximately 78% of the educational community and among which includes not only teachers, but also cleaning, administration and services personnel or monitors. Each cented will be scheduled with a day, time and place for vaccination.
He has also reported that between this Tuesday and Wednesday the lists of the centres with all the data requested by the Department of Health will be closed. He added that the vaccination spaces will also have a representative from Education and Health and that each centre will have their lists, so that the sessions can be organized so as to avoid crowding.
The Minister of Health, Ana Barceló, remarked that a “coordinated work” has been carried out to carry out this vaccination process so that it does not interfere with the activity in the classrooms, and has specified that around 1,000 health professionals and 242 vaccination teams will participate in this phase.
The municipalities that will have vaccination spaces are Vinaròs, Castelló de la Plana, Vila-real, Sagunto, Llíria, Massamagrell, Paterna, Mislata, Torrent, Requena, València, Alzira, Xàtiva, Gandia, Dénia, Alcoy, Benidorm , Elda, Sant Joan d’Alacant, Alicante, Elche, Torrevieja and Orihuela.
Press Release – Generalitat Valenciana