The presence of the Omicron variant in Spain forces people who have had close direct contact with an infected person to modify the movement limitations. According to the Early Detection Strategy document to which Cadena SER has had access, this week the Interterritorial Health Council formed by the minister and the regional councilors will propose the establishment of quarantines.
In the Early Detection Strategy document that will be on the table at the next meeting of the Interterritorial Health Council, it will be proposed that direct contacts of people infected with Ómicron should also be quarantined.
The Plenary of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System will be held this Thursday in Córdoba its second face-to-face meeting since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, to address, among other aspects, the appearance of the omicron variant and the approval of the new ones. Digital Health and Mental Health strategies.
The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, and the regional councilors will discuss the current epidemiological situation of the pandemic, amid a rise in infections that has already raised the accumulated incidence to 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants above 200.
Meanwhile, the Government has insisted on the need to launch a “message of tranquility” given the advance of the virus and the arrival of omicron in Spain, of which four confirmed cases have already been registered.
Pediatric vaccine, available from December 13
The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced this Wednesday that the Pfizer laboratory has reported that its recently authorized vaccine to immunize children from five years of age against the coronavirus will be available for the countries of the European Union “as of December 13.”
This was announced at a press conference in Brussels to call on the European population to be vaccinated and confirm that the European Union has enough doses to cover the inoculation of a booster dose to all Europeans already vaccinated.
“Messages of tranquility”
Yesterday, at a press conference after the Council of Ministers, the spokeswoman for the Executive, Isabel Rodríguez, also made a call for Spanish citizens to maintain an “exemplary responsibility now that a bridge is coming.” “I would like to address all the Spaniards who have shown genuine responsibility in this procedure. It is very important that we continue to maintain the measures: mask, ventilation, hygiene … If we continue with vaccination and prevention, we will be in a position to address as normal Christmas possible, “he said.
Likewise, the Ministry of Health, through a document from the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES) directed by Dr. Fernando Simón, has recommended setting limits on the number of participants in social and public and social events, “especially during the Christmas holiday celebrations, “” due to the current epidemiological context “and” the uncertainties associated with the omicron variant, “in addition to” a possible decrease in vaccine effectiveness over time. “
In this sense, during the CISNS the current situation of vaccination against COVID-19 will also be addressed, which is currently focused on the third doses for people with high-risk conditions, people who live in residences, elderly people age 70 and booster doses for those who received only the Janssen single-dose vaccine.
Meanwhile, vaccines for children under 12 years of age are expected to arrive in Spain in the second half of December, in order to start vaccination in this age group, which has the highest incidence of cases, 342.