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Junta hopes to start vaccinating children between the ages of 12 and 15 from August

Moreno reminded that 'vaccination has not yet been approved' for children. File photograph.
Moreno reminded that 'vaccination has not yet been approved' for children. File photograph. / EFE
  • The aim is that when school starts in mid-September pupils in Andalucía will be vaccinated, as long as European authorities give the go-ahead

The head of the Junta de Andalucia’s Covid-19 vaccination plan, David Moreno, has said that the region will have "the majority of adults vaccinated at the beginning of August", so during the same month he hopes to start to vaccinate minors between 12 and 15 years old so "they go to school in mid-September vaccinated, possibly even with their two doses."

In an event organised by media group Cadena Ser, Moreno stated that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children aged 12 and over.

“If everything goes to plan, as it seems it will, we will have the majority of adults vaccinated at the beginning of August, and we have August to vaccinate adolescents, who can go to school in mid-September vaccinated and, most probably, with both doses," he said.

However, Moreno pointed out that "vaccination has not yet been approved" for children. He also said that their vaccination "is special" and cannot be done on a large scale as in the case of adults.

"It will likely have to be done in health centres, which will take longer, with parents authorising the jabs but we are waiting for authorisation from the European authorities so that these vaccines can be used once the clinical trials are over,” he said.

He added, "There is a very interesting debate on whether or not children should be vaccinated and we will have to weigh the benefit against risk.”