The Spanish Health Ministry has given the green light to all those aged over 40 in Spain being offered a booster dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, if they would like it. The booster jabs will first be administered to those in the 50-59 age bracket.
Up until now, the booster jabs had only been offered to those aged over 60, those who originally received the single-dose Janssen vaccine, people with underlying health conditions, and residents of care homes.
The board of health experts that advises the health ministry has now approved the administration of a booster jab to all those aged over 40 – and which will be given six months after receiving the second dose (or single dose in the case of having received the Janssen vaccine). It means that most of the 40-49 year olds will receive the booster jab between January and February. This also includes those in Spain who were given the AstraZeneca vaccine – and which was a large number of essential workers aged under 60.
This decision will be ratified by Spain’s Public Health Commission, as confirmed on Wednesday by the Health Minister Carolina Darias.
Latest figures (with data collated up to Thursday 16 December) showed that 10,507,992 booster jabs have already been administered in Spain. In a separate report, we publish the amount of vaccines administered for each region and its population in Spain, as well as the overall percentage of citizens vaccinated per age group: Covid-19 Vaccinations in Spain.
On Wednesday, Spain also started its campaign of administering jabs against Covid-19 to children aged 5-11. Also read: Spain starts vaccinating 5-11 year olds against Covid.
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