Andalucía speeds up the Covid vaccination programme and starts jabbing the under-40s

Mass coronavirus vaccinations at the Palacio de Congresos in Malaga.
Mass coronavirus vaccinations at the Palacio de Congresos in Malaga. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The region will receive another half a million vaccines this week, the majority from Pfizer

Many people under 40 years of age in Andalucía will be able to request an appointment for a Covid-19 jab from this Tuesday, 15 June.

The Junta de Andaucía has advanced the planned vaccination calendar by almost three weeks in an effort to achieve herd immunity as soon as possible, reduce the incidence of the disease and pave the way for the recovery of the summer season after a disastrous year for tourism, hospitality, commerce and culture, and other sectors affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally, those under 40 were not expected to be invited to make appointments until 7 July, but instead, from this week, they will be able to ask for a date and time to receive their first dose of a Covid vaccine.

Specifically, from this Tuesday, appointments can be made for people born in 1982 and 1981, that is, who turn or have turned 39 or 40 during 2021.

As long as there are doses available, the Junta’s Health ministry plans to include the rest of the thirty-somethings in the coming days and those who were born in 1983 and 1984 may request an appointment from Thursday and those in 1985 on Friday.

The cut-off point, at the moment, is 36 years of age to see what volume of requests are being registered and how the availability of vaccines is progressing, because the first doses for these age groups will coincide with the second doses for those over 50 years of age and the first and second doses for people between 40 and 50 years of age.

Most of the thirty-somethings will receive the Pfizer vaccine and this week the pharmaceutical company will provide more than 90 per cent of the doses delivered to Andalucía.

Those who want to make an appointment, and fit into the age bracket, can do so via ClicSalud + on the Andalusian Health Service (SAS) website, through the Salud Responde mobile application, the Salud Responde telephone number (955 545 060) and also by contacting your local health centre, preferably via telephone.

People who have had the disease must wait at least six months after diagnosis before having their jab.