Minister Carolina Darias, at the press conference on Wednesday. / EFE

Spain's Ministry of Health proposes third Covid jabs in nursing homes from 4 October

Last week it was agreed to start the administration of additional doses to groups with weakened immune systems and transplant patients

ISABEL MÉNDEZ

The fight against the coronavirus is progressing apace in Spain, and the vaccination campaign even better.

According to data released by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias at a press conference this Wednesday (15 September), three out of four people in Spain are already vaccinated, so the possibility of administering a third dose is back on the table. Among the first to receive this extra reinforcement jab would be the users of nursing homes.

As Darias explained after a meeting of the Interterritorial Health Council, the proposal is to add the group to those "people with some type of immunosuppression or disease for who that additional dose is advised." This extra vaccination jab would begin to be administered from 4 October if the proposal gets the green light from the Public Health Commission.

Darias said: “Last week it was unanimously agreed to start the administration of additional doses to groups with severe immunosuppression, transplants, etc. Today we have made another proposal that has to be evaluated and agreed, which is to give a third dose to the elderly and staff in residencies from 4 October. We will always follow the recommendations of the experts.”