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COVID-19 vaccination in Spain - statistics & facts

Spain’s COVID-19 immunization campaign was launched on December 27, 2020, days after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) authorized a vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer. As of March 2021, three other vaccines (Moderna, AztraZeneca/Oxford University, Janssen) had already been approved for use in the European Union. In Spain, the first doses were distributed among some of the most vulnerable groups, including residents and personnel working in retirement homes, front-line healthcare workers, highly dependent people, and seniors aged 80 and older. By September 2021, the number of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in the country had surpassed 69 million, and adults in every age group were already getting vaccinated.

A matter of supply and demand

Half a year following the launch of its vaccination campaign, Spain was among the countries with the largest share of people inoculated against COVID-19, both in Europe and globally. As of mid-September 2021, over three quarters of the population had already received the recommended amount of doses necessary for immunization, with older groups reaching even higher percentages, and the share of Spaniards with at least one dose, surpassing the 79 percent.

The success of Spain’s vaccination campaign has relied on two basic factors: supply and demand. While the country’s well established universal healthcare system has played an important role on providing citizens with enough doses, the percentages reached so far would not have been possible without the population’s willingness to get vaccinated. A general trust in vaccines, the country’s experience with pandemics, and a social culture where relationships are more extensively held among generations, all favored vaccine acceptance.

Facing future challenges

Despite this progress, Spain still has some challenges ahead. While nearly everyone within the oldest population is fully vaccinated, the campaign has slowed down, and some younger adults remain hesitant. In addition to people who are not willing to get vaccinated, are those who cannot. Children under 12, and people who already overcame the disease, must wait. Moreover, new virus variants and breakthrough infections bring additional uncertainty, which has encouraged authorities to implement supplementary measures. Teenagers can now get vaccinated, largely debated booster shots are now offered to populations at risk, and the waiting time for those who were already infected has been shortened. Looking ahead, it is children aged six to 11, who could soon be taking part on the country’s immunization efforts.

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COVID-19 vaccination in Spain - statistics & facts

Spain’s COVID-19 immunization campaign was launched on December 27, 2020, days after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) authorized a vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer. As of March 2021, three other vaccines (Moderna, AztraZeneca/Oxford University, Janssen) had already been approved for use in the European Union. In Spain, the first doses were distributed among some of the most vulnerable groups, including residents and personnel working in retirement homes, front-line healthcare workers, highly dependent people, and seniors aged 80 and older. By September 2021, the number of COVID-19 vaccination doses administered in the country had surpassed 69 million, and adults in every age group were already getting vaccinated.

A matter of supply and demand

Half a year following the launch of its vaccination campaign, Spain was among the countries with the largest share of people inoculated against COVID-19, both in Europe and globally. As of mid-September 2021, over three quarters of the population had already received the recommended amount of doses necessary for immunization, with older groups reaching even higher percentages, and the share of Spaniards with at least one dose, surpassing the 79 percent.

The success of Spain’s vaccination campaign has relied on two basic factors: supply and demand. While the country’s well established universal healthcare system has played an important role on providing citizens with enough doses, the percentages reached so far would not have been possible without the population’s willingness to get vaccinated. A general trust in vaccines, the country’s experience with pandemics, and a social culture where relationships are more extensively held among generations, all favored vaccine acceptance.

Facing future challenges

Despite this progress, Spain still has some challenges ahead. While nearly everyone within the oldest population is fully vaccinated, the campaign has slowed down, and some younger adults remain hesitant. In addition to people who are not willing to get vaccinated, are those who cannot. Children under 12, and people who already overcame the disease, must wait. Moreover, new virus variants and breakthrough infections bring additional uncertainty, which has encouraged authorities to implement supplementary measures. Teenagers can now get vaccinated, largely debated booster shots are now offered to populations at risk, and the waiting time for those who were already infected has been shortened. Looking ahead, it is children aged six to 11, who could soon be taking part on the country’s immunization efforts.

Interesting statistics

In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 30 most important statistics relating to "Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination in Spain".

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