A child is vaccinated. File photograph. / SUR

The special doses of Covid vaccines for the under-12s in Spain will not arrive until the second half of December

The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, said she does not yet know the number that the country will receive in the first shipments

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Spain’s Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, confirmed this Tuesday, 30 November, that the coronavirus vaccines for the age group between 5 and 11 years old will not arrive in the country before the second half of December. In addition, Darias revealed that she does not yet know the number doses that will arrive in the first shipments.

The minister, speaking to Ser, said that the doses administered to children will be "less" and "different" from the ones given to adults. The under-12s will receive 10 milligrams of a vaccine, that is one third of the dose that is given to adults. The complete regimen will consist of two injections, in the upper arm muscles, three weeks apart.

Darias reminded that Spain’s Vaccine Report committee still has to make a decision about jabs for children that must later be endorsed by the Public Health Commission, which brings together representatives of the national Ministry of Health and the regions.

On Thursday of last week, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) gave the green light for children between 5 and 11 years old to be vaccinated with Pfizer against Covid-19.