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Junta proposes third Covid jabs for over-60s and health workers

The 'booster' dose of a coronavirus vaccine is currently only administered to those over 70 years of age

EUROPA PRESS

The Junta de Andalucía wants to give an additional third dose of a coronavirus vaccine to healthcare workers and social health professionals and people over 60 years of age to protect them from the disease. But it would mean expanding the age range since currently the ‘booster’ dose is only administered to those who are over 70 years old.

This was proposed by the regional government’s Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, at the meeting of the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System held last Wednesday after verifying the increase in the cumulative incidence rate of the disease in the age group from 60 to 69 years.

Cumulative incidence rate increasing

At the meeting of Spain’s Ministry of Health and the regions “I proposed to extend the third vaccination dose to all healthcare workers and social health professionals and to all people over sixty years of age, seeing that the cumulative incidence in the 60 to 69 age group is increasing, although the one that increases the most is the range from 30 to 50, which is where there has been a lower volume of people who have voluntarily been vaccinated", explained Aguirre in a video published on his Twitter account.

The third dose of the Covid-9 vaccine is currently available for those over 70 years of age in Andalucía, as long as six months have passed since the second dose was administered. This group can book appointments for a vaccination for the ‘booster’ dose of either the Pfizer and Moderna formula.