Fernán Quirós: “Not all health workers are willing to get vaccinated”

Fernán Quirós, Minister of Health of the City of Buenos Airea

In the City of Buenos Aires there are around 160 thousand health workers. The Buenos Aires government has already begun to vaccinate those who are in the front row fighting against the coronavirus. Although there are still not enough vaccines for all workers in the sector, a large percentage of them are reluctant to inoculate.

This was revealed by the Minister of Health of the City, Fernán Quirós, who explained that so far they have received 40 thousand doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. The official explained that although there is still a long way to go to complete the total number of workers in the area, “Not everyone is willing to get vaccinated.”

The proportion is between 60% and 70%, but we still need a major shipment to complete the health workers. If the next shipment is large, we can do it with that one and if it is small, we will have to receive another shipment.“Quirós said in statements to Radio With You.

Until now, Argentina only received doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V

Until now, Argentina only received doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V

At the same time, the minister announced that once the City completes the vaccination of health workers, it will move to phase 2: those over 60 and institutionalized.

“If what was said by the National Government is fulfilled between February 15 and 20, we will be opening the registration for those of legal age”Quirós assured.

Regarding the increase in quantity that was registered at the end of 2020 and at the beginning of this year, Quirós recalled that “What the City has done from December to this part is to quintuple the number of tests to make the active search effective, which has been essential to avoid a regrowth”.

Phase 2: they await the opening of the registration to vaccinate adults

Phase 2: they await the opening of the registration to vaccinate adults

“Those who come from abroad when they test positive are saved. It costs more when they are just close contact. That is why testing is essential, if it is not like driving the car without a compass ”, said Quirós and revealed that Only with tourism we identified 8,500 sick, which would be 8,500 outbreaks ”.

When asked about the return to presence in the school environment, Quirós pointed out: “To a parent afraid of taking their child to school, I would tell them to review the care measures. The risk that the child runs must be balanced with the one he is running in his social bond, where care is much less. In the school they are with protocols and supervision”.

At the same time, he added: “The second, that compares the potential risk with the damage that is being done without being present”.

“We invite the educational community to participate and propose protocols. Those proposed by the City are of a very good quality, and if someone has other ideas of course we are willing to listen to them ”, he emphasized.

Classes begin in CABA on February 17

Classes begin in CABA on February 17

Finally, the minister referred to the danger that would imply not complying with the distancing measures and the use of a chinstrap or mask, especially towards the time of year when the low temperatures begin.

“We know that we have a second wave ahead of us, have no doubt, because this has happened, it is the epidemiology of this disease that runs in waves, but each wave has a particular behavior”he explained.

In this sense, he deepened: “The first had to do with the virus running through the places where it is easier to run: in people with socioeconomic difficulties, who live in crowded conditions, who have to work yes or yes; in essential workers who are exposed to the virus, and in people with a lot of contact such as those in prisons or nursing homes. The second wave has more to do with social interaction because after months and months people get tired and find it difficult to sustain care ”.

Quirós insisted on the need to separate contagion from super contagion: “If you do a lot of social interaction in open space, naturally there will be some contagions, but there are no supercontagions. People in the winter are in closed places with closed doors and windows, there is a super contagion as happened in Europe ”.

“In the City, the zero prevalence rate is more or less between 30% and 40%. The second wave has a lot more to do with social interaction. We are seeing it very clearly right now. The mechanism runs much more for the behavior “, he concluded.

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