María José SastreThe pandemic could have saved her father, president of the College of Nursing in the Balearics, says that coronavirus vaccination will require a reorganisation of primary care and a reinforcement of personnel. The vaccination programme will raise many issues for primary care.
Health professionals are concerned about yet greater workload in achieving the immunisation of some seventy per cent of the population in just a few monthsare permitted at larger capacities.. The double doses required are a further factor for health workers who have been overstretched since March and are exhausted.
Sastre explains that problems aren’t likely to arise during the initial stage of the vaccination programme in the first quarter of next year. This will focus on groups who are at the greatest risk. But when the programme is expanded to include the rest of the population, there won’t be sufficient personnel. “We have been highly focused on Covid and we have not been attending to other things. The same will happen with the vaccination. It cannot be forgotten that there are large numbers of people with chronic conditions as well as people at risk of social exclusionHealth authorities say AstraZeneca shots for those 50 and older will be available immediately at special clinics. They also need attention.”