The Minister of Health of the Balearic Islands, Patricia Gómez, suggested on Friday that the foreign population of the islands – the highest in terms of percentage among the regions of Spain – is an “influencing factor” in the Balearic Islands having the lowest percentage rate of vaccination in the country.
Figures from the Spanish Ministry of Health, which are never the same as those from the Balearic Ministry of Health, show an 81% vaccination rate (from the age of 12) compared to a Spanish average 90.7%. The percentage of foreign residents is 18.7%, while it is 11.4% for the whole of Spain.
During the visit of the Spanish Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, to the Son Llàtzer hospital, Gómez was asked about the different vaccination rates and referred to the foreign population. She gave no information about vaccine hesitancy but said the percentages were similar to those of people native country.
Darias meanwhile praised the efforts made in the Balearic Islands to encourage vaccination, especially that of children.
Currently, 32.6% of five to eleven years have been vaccinated, well below the national 54.1%. Gómez pointed out that the Balearic Islands started vaccination between five and eight years later than other regions. This, combined with the infection rate among those under 12, has led to a delay in vaccination.