The director of the Center for Coordination and Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, has considered that it is not necessary to impose mandatory vaccination for any group in Spain and does not consider it appropriate to establish the requirement to present a COVID certificate to allow mobility or access to certain places.
Simón, who this Saturday received in Villafeliche (Zaragoza) the IX Trevillano Award and the I Gold Medal of the municipality, has insisted that current vaccination coverage, which reaches 97%, for example, in nursing homes , “do not require any legal action or legislative act” that requires it.
And regarding the covid certificate that arises in some neighboring countries, or even in Andalusia (where the Andalusian High Court of Justice has denied judicial ratification of its demand to access Melilla from September 1 and to attend events to as of August 16) has estimated that “imposing obligations when they are not necessary is not a good step.”
Why is it mandatory in Italy or France?
The covid certificate that arises in Italy or France, for example, is justified, in his opinion, because in those countries “people did not vaccinate everything that had to be vaccinated”, which he has said does not happen in Spain.
In this country, he added, citizens have understood that the vaccine, in addition to protecting individuals, “helps society get out of this huge problem.”
Simón has also been convinced that when the summer ends the percentage of vaccinated Spaniards will exceed 70% and has added that if the progression of vaccination in the youngest continues as it has been up to now, it can be said that Spain is already there ” at the end “of the fifth wave.
A wave that has had, he said, “a much smaller global impact than others”, since, although there have been cases in the ucis and in some the pressure has been felt, the lethality has been “much lower”.
Vaccination of children under 12 years of age
For this reason, the curve will continue to fall, he predicted, as the youngest are vaccinated. Vaccination of children under 12, he added, will be “soon.”
Simón added that now the elderly are “very, very protected” and that, although some can get sick even if they are vaccinated, the incidence of the disease in them is between ten and fifteen times lower than among the unvaccinated.
Although the covid-19 will remain “for a while”, the impact will be “progressively less”, he insisted.
About the third dose
Simón has also referred to the possibility of administering a third dose of the vaccine, something that, he says, must be evaluated in the coming weeks with “solid scientific data”, but, if necessary, it will be done, he assured.
And the decision will not have to do with the Delta variant, which has recognized that it is more transmissible, but that it is necessary to stop “vaccinating more people”.
If, with the expected 70% of the vaccinated population, an immunization of 66% could be achieved, and if the delta variant is more transmissible, what must be done, according to Simón, is to vaccinate more, and that is what is being done with the younger populations, has settled.