The rumours on Internet and the political indecision shown by politians has caused many people not to turn up for their AstraZeneca-jab appointment.
It appears that around 20% of those called by their local medical centre to receive the said vaccination have not turned up on the day.
And of course, it is not only the indecisive and sometimes contradictory attitude taken by the Central Government and some regional ones that have sown doubt in people’s minds but also the same hesitancy demonstrated right across Europe.
The fear is over the reports of thrombotic reaction to the drug, even though the percentage is infinitesimally small when taken against the total number of people who have already had their Astrazeneca jab.
But it is not only this British-Swedish drug that is causing distrust but also Pfizer, for example – the number of people that don’t turn up for their injections with this other drug is admittedly much smaller, but the tendency exists, all the same.
Those receiving Pfizer inoculations are people in the 75-79 group, who receive a phone call, whereas the AstraZeneca group (up to 65) are being informed via a text message, which is proving to be less effective and could have some influence on the no-turn-up figure.
Editorial comment: the great pity is that the body politic of Spain is putting party politics before tackling the common enemy: the pandemic.