Madrid, Jul 20 (EFE).- Just over half of Spain’s population has received the full course of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the health ministry.
Some 24.04 million citizens, 50.7% of the national population, have received two doses of Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca, or a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
The health ministry announced Monday Spain had reached the milestone over the weekend.
But despite the steady vaccination pace on a national level, differences between regions are apparent.
The Asturias region has the most advanced campaign, with 62.4% of its citizens fully vaccinated, while the Madrid region, at the bottom of the list, has vaccinated 47.5% of its population.
While Spain’s vaccination campaign continued to progress rapidly, there was also growing pressure on the country’s ICU wards amid a fifth wave of infections.
Around 10% of ICU patients across the country were admitted for Covid treatment.
Contrary to the first and second waves of the virus, the current average age of coronavirus patients in ICU is 50 years old, which demonstrates the effects of vaccination in protecting older people.
The 14-day incidencence rate has reached 599,7 cases per 100,000 people, up by 69 from the weekend, official data showed.
The health ministry warned that the figures in Spain were worrying.