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Old and young | Tarragona Newspaper

The Annual Report of the National Health System, which compiles data from the Vaccination Registry against Covid-19 from the outbreak of the health crisis in March 2020 to September 2021, offers some surprising statistics, to say the least.

One of the conclusions is that the inhabitants of this country showed enormous confidence in the vaccine, as evidenced by the fact that as of September 30, 2021, 82.26% of those over 12 years of age had received their two injections, in so much so that only 23 out of every 100,000 citizens refused to be inoculated with the vaccine.

But if there is something powerfully striking in this report, it is the unusual paradox that reflects resistance to the vaccine according to different age groups. And it is that despite the fact that the oldest people represented the sector of the population most likely to suffer from the disease in its most serious form -in fact, the vast majority of deaths were recorded in this group-, they were the oldest 80 years old, by far, the age group that most refused to receive a puncture.

And on the other hand, it should be noted that it was the much reviled adolescents – the group of young people between 12 and 19 years old –, curiously among whom the virus acted with less virulence, who were least opposed to receiving the vaccine. Nothing like the data to deny prejudices and false and unfair perceptions about the much questioned solidarity of our young people.

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