Administration of the third dose of a coronavirus vaccine in Miranda de Ebro. / AVELINO GÓMEZ

PM Sánchez announces third Covid vaccine jabs for the 60 to 69 age group and health workers

'Spain's incidence rate is lower than that of other European countries. But we must focus our attention on keeping the hospital occupancy of Covid cases low,' said the Prime Minister

ÁLVARO SOTO

The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, confirmed this Wednesday (17 November) that the national Vaccine Report working group has proposed that the population group aged between 60 and 69 years old and also health workers should receive the third dose of a vaccine against Covid-19.

The proposal will foreseeably go to the Public Health Commission, the body formed by the Ministry of Health and the regions to manage the pandemic, to receive the final approval next week.

"We must continue with the vaccination process without pausing, with prudence and responsibility," said Sánchez at a press conference in Ankara together with the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Small print

However, sources from the Vaccine Report group point out that there is still no written document and that the agreement lacks "a lot of small print to finalise it”.

According to data from the Ministry of Health, 97.8 per cent of the population between 60 and 69 years of age in Spain has the complete schedule of the vaccine. This group, and health workers, will be the next to receive the additional, third doses.

The first to receive the extra jabs were residents in nursing homes, patients undergoing very high-risk immunosuppressive treatments and people over 40 with Down syndrome. These vaccinations began in mid-September, for those over 70 years of age in early October.

Keep hospital occupancy low

Sánchez stressed that Spain "is much better equipped than a year ago to deal with any rebound that occurs."

“Our cumulative incidence rate is, frankly, lower than that of other European countries. But we must focus our attention on keeping the hospital occupancy of Covid cases low on the wards and in intensive care units," said the Prime Minister.