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It is 'urgent' to vaccinate children under 12 against Covid-19 claims Andalucía's Minister of Health

Jesús Aguirre says that, after the 30 to 45 age group, that of the minors is the one with "the highest cumulative incidence rate, of around 70"

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The Junta de Andalucía’s Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, considers that it is "urgent" to vaccinate children under 12 years of age against Covid-19, especially to protect the elderly with whom they have contact, the group who are now receiving a third dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the region.

Aguirre explained that in Andalucía, after the age group between 30 and 45 years, those under 12 are the one with "the highest cumulative incidence, of around 70" cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks.

Hence, he said, "vaccination is urgent", although "not because it is going to cause a problem from a clinical point of view", but because, the more vaccinated people there are in Andalucía, there will be "less capacity for the virus to spread."

Third dose dates

"It is very important to vaccinate them, to remove this high cumulative incidence rate and remove this source of contagion from their parents, grandparents and elders", for whom the third dose of the vaccine, “always Pfizer”, is being administered to those over 65 as from Monday, 22 November. Aguirre said those aged between 60 and 64 years they will be able to get the third dose in a week or ten days.

"Little by little we will administer the third dose to the population in Andalucía " and, "possibly, once we finish the range of 60 to 69 years, "we will start with the lower range, 50 to 60 years", said the Health minister.