Although it is still lacking for group immunity, vaccinating risk groups already has extraordinarily beneficial effects

Although group immunity is still lacking, vaccinating risk groups already has extraordinarily beneficial effects

With the vaccines that are already in place and those that will be given in the coming weeks, although there is no group immunity yet, the death toll will drop to almost residual .

In Spain, 44% of those over 60 have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. And this is already having great beneficial effects .


From that age there have been :

  • 95% of deaths
  • 64% of ICU admissions
  • 65% of hospitalizations

Some optimism in sight

Although in the first stages of vaccination they were much slower because they were more complicated logistically (among other things because they were more oriented to residences), after starting to vaccinate health personnel and teachers, the rate has skyrocketed .

To carry out the vaccination, the Ministry of Health has prepared a document called the Vaccination Strategy against Covid-19 in Spain . The fifth update of the Health vaccination plan included a new priority group to receive the vaccine : people with very high-risk conditions, such as those who suffer from oncohematological disease, cancer, some type of primary immunodeficiency or HIV, etc.

All these news invite optimism, but we have to continue to considerably accelerate the vaccination rate, especially in case unforeseen events appear, if what we want is to reach the expected goal of 70% of the immunized Spanish population by the end of the summer of this 2021 .

According to the specialized data platform Time to Herd , Spain will reach 70% of the vaccinated population within 187 days. However, this platform does not take into account some factors that could be increasing or decreasing the rate in the administration of vaccines. As we increase the pace, then, the estimated day to reach that percentage will also be closer . And, as the Minister of Health herself, Carolina Darias, has emphasized : the key month of April is going to be decisive if we want to reach 70% of the vaccinated population in August (33 million people).

Without a doubt, further proof that, despite the onslaught and uncertainty, we can prosper through science and technology. In short, to be more Morlocks than Elois , more Cornucopians than Malthusians: