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Junta will start, this week, giving a second dose of a Covid vaccine to those jabbed with the Janssen ‘single dose’ formula

The regional government has also announced that it will include the vaccine against meningitis B, known as Bexsero, in the vaccination calendar from December

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The president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, announced this Wednesday (27 October) that the region is going to start giving a second dose of a coronavirus vaccine "this very week" to the people who were jabbed with the single-dose Janssen vaccine against Covid-19. He also indicated that the regional government will include the vaccine against meningitis B, known as Bexsero, in its vaccination schedule - so that "no family will have to pay for it in Andalucía."

Spain’s Public Health Commission, in which the autonomous regions and the Ministry of Health are represented, agreed last Tuesday that the 1.97 million people who received the single dose of the Janssen vaccine against Covid-19 will receive a second dose from Pfizer or Moderna at least three months later after the administration of the first one, from 15 November onwards, prioritising the groups in the National Vaccination Strategy, and starting with the most vulnerable.

However, the President of the Junta has indicated this Wednesday that "in Andalucía we are going to lead again and we will begin this week", adding "we are not going to wait for 15 November."

Meningitis B

Juanma Moreno also announced that, "from 1 December, we will include the vaccine against meningitis B, known as Bexsero, in the vaccination calendar, since it is the most effective instrument in the prevention and defeat of this disease." The president highlighted that, "until now, families had to pay more than 300 euros per child for this vaccine and, from now on, no family will have to pay for it in Andalucía."