Wednesday 12th May 2021 – PRESS RELEASE with Mike Smith
The president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, has announced that June will be the key month for the vaccination campaign in the Comunidad Valenciana, after a meeting to monitor the process which was also attended by the regional health minister Ana Barceló.
The president explained that the vaccination of the 40-50 age group will begin on June 17th and that all those over 50 will have either at least one dose or be fully immunized by the middle of the month.
He reported that more than two million vaccines have already been administered in the Comunidad Valenciana, with 16% of the population now fully immunized and one in three Valencians having received at least one dose. He said that this confirmed that the vaccination campaign is progressing “at a good pace”, allowing a record number of jabs to be administered in one week, more than 290,000.
He also confirmed that the region has received 267,000 doses this week and that 433,000 more are expected to arrive in the second half of May, in addition to the Janssen vaccine, the details of which have yet to be confirmed.
Puig expressed his pride in the professionalism of health workers in the region who are involved in the vaccination process, the “efficient coordination” of the process as well as the “massive confidence of the Valencian people” in the procedure which he describes as being “safe, agile and efficient”.
Protect the most vulnerable
The president explained that in the last four months, the vaccination of everyone living in senior residences has been completed and that everyone over the age of 80 has also been fully immunized. In addition, he said that 93% of those in the 70-79 age group have received at least one dose and that half of them are fully immunized.
He said that the process being followed has allowed a good part of the most vulnerable population in the Comunidad Valenciana to be protected. “Protecting the most vulnerable, and those who have cared for us all our lives, is what makes a decent society such as ours”.
Finally, he explained that the current infection rate is 35 cases per 100,000 inhabitants – the lowest in Spain and one of the lowest in Europe – and that hospitals are at the levels of last August, which is “thanks to the efforts of the whole of society, which has been given a lesson in civil responsibility”, which has made “a progressive opening” possible that will lead the region “towards a summer full of hope”.