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Isabel Díaz Ayuso, president of the Madrid regional government, has said that waiters, teachers, taxi drivers and supermarket checkout staff in the region could be prioritised for receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.
At the moment, Spain’s health ministry has divided the population into 15 groups for vaccination, with residents in care homes and their health workers being the first group to receive jabs. Following this, all other health professionals and people with serious disabilities are set to receive the vaccine, followed by citizens over the age of 80 – yet non-resident in care homes.
Díaz Ayuso tweeted that her government is considering prioritising people who work directly with the public to receive the jab. She tweeted: ‘We have analysed the possibility of speeding up vaccination in highly exposed sectors such as teachers, taxi drivers, supermarket cashiers, waiters … but the first priority is to obtain vaccines for the most vulnerable people.’
Díaz Ayuso has also told leaders in the hospitality sector that the region will return to a midnight curfew as soon as the epidemiological data allows for it. New measures had been brought into place from 25 January, with the nighttime curfew brought forward to 10pm in Madrid, with all bars and restaurants having to close by 9pm. The measures are supposed to be in place until at least 8 February. Only 4 people are allowed at tables at bars and restaurants, with social gatherings also prohibited in private homes, except between co-habitants or if a careworker.
Latest figures (up to 1 Feb) showed that Madrid has administered 190,943 jabs out of the total 232,775 doses of Covid-19 vaccines that it has received to date (82% of the total).
Madrid has been the region worst hit by Coronavirus in Spain. According to figures released on Monday, there have been 523,791 confirmed cases there since the start of the pandemic, and the incidence rate is currently 978 per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days.
12,610 people have died from Covid-19 in Madrid and there are currently 5,233 people requiring hospital treatment for the virus, of which 736 are in intensive care. This represents a 52% occupancy of ICUs by Covid patients in the region.
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