Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Wednesday evening that ‘booster’ jabs against Covid-19 would shortly start to be administered to all citizens aged over 60, as well as to health workers.
Up to now, only those aged over 70, immunocompromised people, care home residents, and those who have received the ‘one dose’ Janssen vaccine have been offered ‘booster’ jabs.
‘We are better off now than a year ago to address any rise in Covid,’ said Sánchez, before adding, ‘we must continue vaccination without pause, and with caution and responsibility.’
Figures on Friday showed that 38,209,702 people in Spain have now received at least one dose of the vaccine, representing 80.5% of the total population (90.7% of the population aged over 12). 37,519,860 people have now been fully vaccinated, representing 79.1% of the total population (89.1% of the population aged over 12). As of Friday, a booster dose had been given to 3,356,529 citizens, and 47% of citizens aged over 70 had already received one. Also read: Covid-19 Vaccinations in Spain.
The Spanish prime minister was speaking at a press conference in Ankara, where he has been on an official visit to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Administering a third ‘booster’ dose to all those aged over 60 will need to be ratified in the Public Health Commission and the Inter-territorial Health Council in which the Ministry of Health and the regional health authorities are represented.