La Rioja plans to administer the fourth dose of the COVID vaccine in September

A nurse, about to inoculate a vaccine against COVID / Fernando Diaz

Initially, it will be dispensed to people over 80 years of age, as well as residents of centers for the elderly, health and socio-health personnel.

The Minister of Health, María Somalo, declared this Tuesday, during her visit to the San Pedro hospital on the occasion of a plan to improve mental health resources in La Rioja, that the ministry is “waiting to announce the time exact in which the fourth vaccine is going to be enabled for the most vulnerable groups ». However, according to the counselor, the arrival of the doses is expected for the second week of September.

“The balance of the vaccine could not be more satisfactory, and I think it is an assessment made by all citizens,” Somalo detailed. While they are waiting to receive the vaccines, from the Ministry of Health they affirm that “fortunately, the incidence of COVID in La Rioja has had a very important progressive decrease.” Despite the summer of comings and goings, parties in the towns and vacations, during the month of August “the evolution is being very favourable”.

The sale of COVID self-diagnostic antigen tests is in decline. According to the IQVIA consultancy, during the last week of July, only in La Rioja it fell by 42% compared to the previous one.

Together with Navarra, with a drop of 57%, the Riojan community is the territory where this drop has stood out the most. In this way, the downward trend in the demand for tests is confirmed.

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Two patients in the ICU

On the other hand, the incidence of the pandemic in La Rioja continues to decline. According to the latest report made public by the Ministry of Health this Tuesday, the count of cases detected in three days has remained at 77, with a positivity of 23.19%.

The most positive news is, in any case, the absence of deaths from COVID in that period of time, with which the number of deaths in the region since the health crisis began remains at 941.

As for the number of patients hospitalized for the coronavirus, the figure has hardly changed in recent days, with 27 in total, two of them in the ICU of the San Pedro hospital.

And as has been happening for weeks, the accumulated incidence (cases per 100,000 inhabitants) is improving. Although both at 14 days (443.86) and at 7 days (171.49) it is still above the national average (336.05 and 134.44, respectively). After La Rioja presented the worst figures in the state in these parameters, from the beginning of July it began to drop and after ‘transferring’ that first place to Navarra, there are now seven communities with the worst figures.

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