A file photograph of a child being vaccinated. / REUTERS

Andalucía is ready to start Covid jabbing the under-12s, as soon as the doses arrive

The Junta's head said that although the vaccination of minors is voluntary, he hoped that parents of the youngsters would act responsibly to ensure the "maximum possible coverage”

EUROPA PRESS

The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, announced this Friday (26 November) that children under 12 years of age will begin to be vaccinated against Covid as soon as Spain’s Ministry of Health “tells us when these vaccines are going to arrive, and if there are any recommendations from the National Health Council.”

Moreno was speaking during his visit to the see building work on new extension at the Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella.

"While waiting for their instructions, we are carrying out preparations so that when we have the vaccines, we can start administering them in the most comfortable way and with the minimum disruption to children or parents," Moreno added.

The President of the Junta said both the region's ministry of Education and the ministry of Health are studying the possibility of vaccinating children on school premises. “They are all gathered there, and it would be better for the children when they see that they are not alone but with all their classmates. We are looking for the best solution.”

Moreno said that although the vaccination of minors is voluntary, he hoped that parents of the youngsters would act responsibly to ensure the "maximum possible coverage”.

“Paediatricians have said that it is important to protect minors, so we are just waiting for the ministry to give the green light," he added.