A shortage of COVID-19 shots may force the Madrid region to close down mass vaccination centers next week, regional public health chief Antonio Zapatero said on Friday, as reported by the National Post.
Madrid administers around 275,000 shots per week, but is due to receive just 157,900 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine next week, Zapatero said.
"If this situation continues we’ll have to close the mass vaccination centers," he said. "Without vaccines, there is no point in having such a big operation."
A health ministry spokeswoman said batches of AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines due next week should avoid any such situations.
Senior health official Elena Andradas said the region had been receiving less than its fair share of doses, adding that the region has around 130,000 doses in stock.
Despite delays to the deployment of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine over blood-clot concerns, Spain still expects to have half its 47-million population fully inoculated by late July.
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