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Spain begins the mass Covid-19 vaccination of National Police and Guardia Civil officers

A police officer being vaccinated in Madrid.
A police officer being vaccinated in Madrid. / EFE
  • Only those under the age of 55 will receive a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine

Spain's Ministry of the Interior has started the mass vaccination of National Police and Guardia Civil officers this Friday (26 February) in Madrid.

According to sources from both forces, the vaccination campaign will last beyond March, although it will always depend on the supply of the AstraZeneca formula the only one that, for the moment, will be given to officers.

However, not all the 68,000 National Police and almost 79,000 Guardia Civil officers will receive the vaccine in this first round since Spain has vetoed the use of the AstraZeneca dose to people over the age of 55.

The campaign has already begun in the Madrid region and both forces hope that the vaccination of all officers deployed in Madrid - under 55 years of age - will be completed before 10 March.

Vaccination with the AstraZeneca formula has provoked criticism from some police unions and professional associations, who doubted its effectiveness. These groups said they preferred their members to be given one of the other two available vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) but the Ministry of Health strongly ruled this out, saying these vaccines are to be prioritised for those over 80 years of age.