Spain to consider booster shots for over-40s

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Spain to consider booster shots for over-40s
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Spain to consider booster shots for over-40s and essential workers.

On Wednesday, December 15, vaccine experts in Spain are set to consider extending the booster jab rollout to over 40s and essential workers. The autonomous communities in Spain are calling for the age range of the booster to be dropped in a bid to protect people from the ongoing pandemic.

The vaccine committee will consider administering a booster jab to people over 40 and essential workers including firefighters, police and teachers according to sources speaking to Efe.

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So far booster jabs have been recommended for people over 60 years old in Spain. On Tuesday, Francisco Igea the vice-president of the Junta de Castilla y León announced that he will present his proposal for lowering the booster jab age range.

According to Igea, if the idea is approved then booster jabs will be rolled out to people in his community during December.

Galicia is making excellent progress with the booster jab rollout. On Monday the Xunta de Galicia called for people aged 50 to 59 years old to be given the booster jab.


The autonomous communities in Spain were set a target of vaccinating everyone over 60 years old with a booster jab before Christmas by the Ministry of Health. People over 60 years old are considered to be the most vulnerable to the virus. According to García Comesaña, Galicia will reach this target well before Christmas.

 


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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