The thrombi associated with the AstraZeneca vaccine They have had an impact and a social impact that in some autonomous communities has been reflected in the vaccination data. Fear of the drug seems residual if territory by territory is analyzed, but it grows if we extrapolate it to the whole of Spain, where “more or less one in five people has not been vaccinated” due to “mistrust”, says Joan Carles March , specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, who believes that “it makes no sense to have closed vaccination to these population groups”, and advocates promoting the strategic plan at the rate of the British: “the minimum of immunization [una dosis] to the maximum of the population, lengthening it to the maximum ».
The Government has pending to resolve in the next few hours or days what will happen with AstraZeneca, for those under 60 and also with the second doses for those who have already received the first puncture. March believes that, after weeks of “now yes, now no” this or that population group is vaccinated, a climate of “distrust of the vaccine has been generated that will be difficult to change.” “The EMA has said one thing and each country has done what it wanted. The EMA has not ruled on an established, clear and conclusive profile of those affected by thrombi after vaccination. There has been talk of women and those under 50 years of age, but there are also men ”. And, taking into account the cases and the severity, he has valued the benefits of the vaccine against the risks.
In this sense, the vice president of the Spanish Association of Vaccination, Ferran Moraga-Llop, has recently asked that the policy not interfere in the health strategy with messages that are not based on scientific evidence. “We need to vaccinate the whole country and the whole world,” for which it will be necessary to “deliver messages of safe and effective vaccines” for everyone. March adds that “stopping vaccination has generated doubts, other types of messages must be sent, such as the benefits of vaccination, the importance of it and its advantages. It would be very important for politicians and other types of public figures to be publicly vaccinated. It is key in those moments to value and strengthen these messages of the joy of being vaccinated and being well ».
How does the UK vaccinate?
The Mallorcan specialist highlights the performance of the United Kingdom, “which has a very important role in vaccination. They have vaccinated more population than other countries and have maintained an important strategy with the first dose, which allows them to now have, between vaccinated and people who have had the disease, around 80% of the immunized population. Everything obeys a decided and maintained strategy. They have only stopped vaccination in those under 30, due to three deaths. But they have not stopped vaccinating and they have stupendous results, which can be seen in the incidence and fall in hospitalizations, serious cases and deaths.
Joan Carles March is in favor of this rhythm in vaccination so that “the Balearic Islands can reach a better situation for the month of June, because it will still take months to have a good situation at all”. He believes that the activation again of Janssen will also help: “When authorized, you have to vaccinate fully.”