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Vaccination of under-60s against coronavirus gets under way in Andalucía

The regional government also announced plans to vaccinate a new 'high risk' group. File photograph.
The regional government also announced plans to vaccinate a new 'high risk' group. File photograph. / ÑITO SALAS
  • The regional Health minister, Jesús Aguirre, also announced the region's ambitious plan to administer one million jabs a week

A new age group is being targeted for Covid-19 vaccinations in Andalucía.

The region’s Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, announced this Tuesday that the public health authority had started to call 59-year-olds to receive their jabs. "And then we will continue with 58-year-olds," he added.

In addition, Aguirre has announced a new group on which his department wants to focus their strategy against the pandemic: dock workers considering them "a new risk group" since - as he pointed out - in some areas of Spain they have detected that "the virus enters coastal ports through cargo ships".

The Junta de Andalucía has also reported a new, ambitious objective - the implementation of a plan to administer one million doses a week, although to achieve it they need more supplies from central government.

There will be a number of mass vaccination points to administer the doses and, in the case of Malaga, the process will begin this Wednesday, 5 May, at the city’s main exhibition and conference hall with 1,500 people called for jab appointments in one day.

According to Aguirre, the region expects to receive around 700,000 to 800,000 vaccines weekly "at the end of May and during the beginning of June".