Spain allows the AstraZeneca vaccination of over-65s but only if they are essential workers

The AstraZeneca formula.
The AstraZeneca formula. / SUR
  • The Ministry of Health has also confirmed that the single-dose Janssen vaccine, which will begin to arrive on 19 April, will be destined for those over 66 years old

Spain's Ministry of Health decided on Tuesday (30 March) to scrap the 65-year-old age limit for administering the AstraZeneca vaccine - but it will only be used for people in the essential worker categories.

Members of these groups (mainly teachers, firefighters, prison and police officers) who are over 65 years and are still working will be jabbed with the Oxford formula, although in practice, few will receive it as most will be retired.

Since 24 March, the AstraZeneca vaccine has been administered to people up to 65 years of age after initially being limited to essential workers under 55.

The decision was made by the Public Health Commission, in which the Ministry of Health and the autonomous regions participate. It also agreed to allocate the single-dose Janssen vaccine, which will arrive in Spain on 19 April, for those over 66 years of age, alongside the Pfizer and Moderna formulas.