News in Brief for the southern Costa Blanca

News in Brief for the southern Costa Blanca
COVID VACCINATION: More than 4 million Valencian Community residents have received their jabs Photo credit: EC-DC European Union

Alicante jabs A TOTAL of 4,242,773 Valencian Community residents are fully vaccinated against Covid. Since the vaccination programme began on December 27 last year, the regional government has administered a total of 9,433,334 Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen vaccines the Generalitat’s Health department announced. In all, 1,548,946 Alicante province residents are fully vaccinated, having received 3,462,071 jabs.

Snow-ready THE Generalitat has 644 personnel, with more available if necessary, plus 176 vehicles ready to clear roads and provide help for the region’s 204 municipalities where there is a risk of being cut off after heavy snowfalls.  Equipment includes 16 snowploughs and 250 tons of salt and grit.  

Pilar jobs PILAR DE LA HORADADA recently used two official grants of €275,160 to employ 15 people on 12-month contracts.  The subsidies from the regional government’s LABORA employment and training service were co-financed by the EU’s Youth Employment Operational Programme, explained Pilar de la Horadada’s Employment councillor, Asuncion Sanchez Martinez.


Jab joy THE Valencia Community’s ProVaVac investigation programme revealed that the present Covid incidence rate is 66.3 per cent lower than that of January 2021.  The researchers also found that thanks to vaccination, there are 92 per cent fewer deaths and 80.1 per cent fewer hospitalisations than during the third wave.

Long life ASCENSION JARA APARICIO celebrated her 100th birthday in her Torrevieja home on the Juan Aparacio promenade on December 22, accompanied by her three children and five grandchildren.  Orihuela-born Ascension, who has always lived in Torrevieja, attributed her excellent health to “the sun, the sea and living here in Torrevieja.”

CAM plan ORIHUELA city hall will continue to rent the building once occupied by the now-extinct CAM bank with an option to buy.  Orihuela’s Finance and Patrimony councillor Rafael Almagro has revealed that city hall hopes to include an allocation for its purchase, via a bank loan, in the 2022 Budget.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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