Spain will start Covid-19 vaccination campaign on December 27
Pfizer inoculations set to arrive on 26th and be distributed equitably among regions
Spain will start inoculating its population against Covid-19 on December 27, as was announced on Friday by Spanish health minister Salvador Illa.
This comes a day after the European Commission announced an EU-wide plan to begin its vaccination campaign before the end of the year.
"If Europe has agreed, as we demanded, to begin inoculating the population between December 27 and 29, Spain will start to do so on the first day possible, on the 27th," he said.
"This is the beginning of the end"
Salvador Illa · Spanish health minister
According to the Socialist minister, the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive the day before and will be distributed equitably among Spanish regions.
"This is the beginning of the end," Illa stated.
The first people to receive the vaccine will be elderly care home residents and staff as well as healthcare workers, with doses allocated regions according to the number of people in them belonging to these groups.
Catalonia confirms vaccinations on Dec 27
In an interview with the Catalan public radio on Sunday, Catalonia's health minister Alba Vergés confirmed that vaccinations would start as soon as they are available.
"We'll start on the first day. If vaccines arrive on the 27, that will be the first day," she said.
Vergés pledged the Pfizer vaccine was "safe" and said the first people to get inoculated would be care home residents.