File photograph of a youngster being vaccinated. / SUR

The Junta details its Covid jab plans for the under-11s in the region

The vaccination campaign for children aged from 5 to 11 years old will start on 15 December in Andalucía

Ángel Escalera

The vaccination of schoolchildren aged from 5 to 11 years old against Covid will begin in Andalucía on 15 December, the Junta’s Minister of Health of Health has revealed.

The jabs will be administered in health centres, at external vaccination points and, in the case of rural areas, in the schools themselves, according to Jesús Aguirre, speaking on Thursday (9 December) at a press conference. The eight mobile units that have been used to mass vaccinate adults will also be used for the childhood jabs.

In total, there are some 684,425 children in the region in this age group and of the total number of vaccines for children that reach Spain, 22 per cent will be sent to Andalucía.

Those aged 11, 10 and 9 years old will be the first to be jabbed and the vaccinations will be done mainly in the afternoons, from Monday to Friday, and also on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) so that children can be accompanied by their parents.

Priority will be given to those who have weakened immune systems, cancer or chronic illnesses. From 13 December, appointments can be made for children to be vaccinated at their local health centres, although they will have the option of changing that appointment if parents prefer their children to be jabbed at the health centre that corresponds to their school.

Some 260,000 doses of vaccines are expected to arrive in Andalucía in December, while another 440,000 will be received in January. All will be from Pfizer. Children will be injected with one third of the serum that adults are given, and the vials will be coloured differently to differentiate them.