Anti-COVID-19 mass vaccination

For Rafael Batista Silva, director of the business unit of the Tunas 1 post office, the collaboration speeded up the organization of the vaccination point installed in the Toma de Las Tunas boarding school with the foreseen requirements.

As president of Defense Zone 6, Batista Silva assumed the conduction of the preparatory tasks and the continuity of the immunization assurance actions that began in the capital municipality of this eastern province, last July 29, and is going on with sure steps.

"Here are the comrades of Health, Sports, Education and the members of the People's Council fulfilling the assigned tasks and everything is going according to plan", he remarked and added: "How much has been done shows the value of unity in the confrontation of any contingency".


Anti-COVID-19 mass vaccinationBefore the anti-COVID-19 Abdala vaccine arrived in the city of Las Tunas, neighbors summoned by the community organizations of the Popular Council 5, of this demarcation, had broken the tranquility imposed by the pandemic to the characteristic bustle in the emblematic school center.

Since it was known that the educational institution would function as a vaccination center, many people volunteered to collaborate to create the conditions that would provide peace, security, and comfort to the people who would receive the prodigious Cuban antigen, and the objective was achieved.

The spacious halls and corridors on the first floor of the building exhibit cleanliness, organization, flags, photos, and posters that give it a patriotic atmosphere and denote the significance of these actions and the popular approval.


I was struck by a young woman who solicitously walked through the corridors and the waiting and surveillance areas for the vaccinated, with whom I shared the satisfaction for an act that gives more hope in the victory against this evil that plagues humanity.

Then I learned that she was Yaimara Santana Perez, president of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution 2 (CDR, by its acronym in Spanish), Zone 220, of the Aurora neighborhood. We talked, and she did not hide her enthusiasm, as she knows herself to be the protagonist of a transcendental event.

"The CDRs have contributed to the implementation of activities linked to the health intervention. Now we are in charge of notifying the neighbors of the day and time they have to come; we ensure order and discipline," she assures.

"We are also aware of people's state of health because we know them closely, and we keep an eye out for anything they might need," she confirms.


Odalys Rodríguez Brito, who has a degree in Nursing, is pleased with the expressions of gratitude from the beneficiaries, "there are many neighbors who have approached us asking how they can cooperate so that everything is ready without any difficulty", she assures.

She affirms that things are going very well, the patients are happy, grateful, because our sovereign country, despite the economic shortages and the cruel blockade, guarantees the health of the people free of charge."

She praises the collective synergy, "we didn't know each other before - she refers to her colleagues Isora Milán Rubio and Maité Fernández Martínez, professors at the Zoilo Marinello University of Medical Sciences -, and you can see the team we have formed," she says happily.
Odalys has recently left her job at the Manuel (Piti) Fajardo polyclinic to go up to the neighborhood and work out the details of her new assignment.


Rodriguez Brito confirms that this is one of the 125 vaccination points in operation in the capital of the province. The sanitary intervention began taking into account the complex epidemiological situation prevailing in the territory, which marks the beginning of the massive immunization of the entire province.

She assures that the universe to be vaccinated here is 4,659 patients and the daily plan amounts to 450, and she qualifies as very good the affluence of the people in these first days, "they have been called staggered to avoid agglomerations and since early they have been arriving and they show very good mood," she comments.


"It didn't hurt at all and I feel very well and very grateful to this Revolution that has always been concerned about the health of all of us," says Magaly de la Caridad Labrada Pompa, a resident of 12 B Street, Médico neighborhood, in this city.

"I am diabetic and hypertensive, she says, but I have been kept under control and excellently cared for by the health staff."

Magaly gushes with praise and convokes, "I think we must continue to applaud the medical personnel of all profiles, they deserve it because they are helping us to save our lives."

Although she feels more protected, she will not be confident and confesses that she will continue to take care of herself despite carrying in her blood the antigen of recognized efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 and its variants are known so far.

In the meantime, Dr. Edgardo Tamayo, a dentist by profession, monitors the evolution of those injected with this first dose and in the observation room he watches over even the slightest gesture of the patients in search of any sign of adverse reaction.

"Nothing to date, there have been no negative episodes. Everyone is very happy and satisfied with the benefit they have received and with the personnel who are taking care of them," he sums up the prevailing atmosphere and the empathy that strengthens ties with a common objective: to stop the chain of contagions and provide security and confidence to the population.

Finally, the Cuban anti-Covid-19 Abdala preparation, the first Latin American vaccine against the pandemic, generates another good reaction: the unity that flourishes in the neighborhoods and in other actors, who join forces in this battle for health and life.