The Madrid regional health authorities have extended it’s self appointment vaccination system campaign to the over sixteens in a race to head off the spike in infections.
More than 138,000 young people in the 16 to 24 age bracket made appointments in the few hours of the opening of the centres for vaccinations, yesterday, Monday 12th July.
Since the auto vaccination campaign was launched on May 26th over 1.2 million people have made appointments this way.
There are now 42 centres open including 29 hospitals, 8 district medical centres and 6 private companies, including El Corte Inglés, Grupo Santander and Acciona which the public can choose from for their vaccination appointment.
The announcement came as the official Spanish government´s figures were released yesterday, showing a sharp rise in the number of infections to 368 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Just a few weeks ago the rate was 92.
The cause of the spike is the rise of the Delta variant, first detected in India, and which is considered more contagious and aggressive.
The variant is hitting the unvaccinated younger population disproportionately hard.
The breakdown of new infections by age group per 100,000 of population is:
- Under 11 – 120.50
- Aged 12-19 – 725.05
- Aged 20-29 – 792.19
- Aged 30-39 – 292.26
- Aged 40-49 – 151.80
- Aged 50-59 – 94.18
- Aged 60-69 – 84.67
- Aged 70-79 – 34.92
- Over 80 – 42.55
Despite the rise in cases there has not been a similar rise in hospitalisations, indicative that the more vulnerable population groups have now been vaccinated.
There are just under 4,000 Covid-19 patients in hospitals across the country, representing just over 3% of hospital beds.
The governments Covid task group director, Fernando Simon, said the pace of increase had reduced in recent days and believes that the latest wave is nearing its peak.