Latest: Coronavirus in Spain figures (4 Nov)
Around two million citizens in Spain who have received a jab of the ‘one dose’ Janssen vaccine against Covid-19 will be able to receive a booster jab of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
Spain’s Public Health Commission, comprised of the Health Ministry and the country’s regional health authorities, approved the measure on Tuesday. Latest figures, with data collated up to Monday 25 October, show that 1,972,517 people in Spain have already received the Janssen vaccine, produced by Johnson & Johnson.
The decision was taken following a recent study showing that people who were given the Janssen vaccine had lower protection from Covid than those who had been given the others, which are known as mRNA vaccines. The new shot will be administered at least three months after the first.
Spain’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday that ‘the autonomous regions will begin with this booster shot from 15 November, prioritising vaccination groups from the national vaccination strategy.’ The first in line will therefore be older people or those who are members of other risk groups.
Third vaccine doses against Covid-19 are already underway for immunocompromised people, and care home residents. A total of 483,728 citizens have already been given a third booster dose.
A total of 71,366,561 jabs of all vaccines have now been administered across Spain. Latest figures show that 37,250,048 people have now been fully vaccinated – which includes those who have received the ‘one dose’ Janssen vaccine – representing 78.5% of the total population. It also equates to 88.4% of the population aged over 12.
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