Spain authorizes third dose of coronavirus vaccine for those over 70 years of age

Spain authorizes third dose of coronavirus vaccine for those over 70 years of age

Spain decided Tuesday to administer a third dose of the vaccine against covid-19 to those over 70 years to improve their protection, announced the Ministry of Health.

The Public Health Commission decided “to expand the group of people to whom to administer a booster dose of the vaccine of the covid-19 to those over 70, at the end of October, and six months after the second dose, “the ministry said in a statement.

Up to now, Spain administered a third dose only to the elderly living in nursing homes and the immunosuppressed.

“A booster dose of mRNA vaccine against covid-19 will be provided (…) the objective is to increase the protection of the most vulnerable people,” the ministry explained.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved on Monday a third booster dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech anticovid vaccine for those over 18 years of age.

The agency also approved the provision of a third dose of Moderna or Pfizer for people with fragile immune systems, at least 28 days after the second dose.

At least 15 countries around the world have started administering a third dose to the most vulnerable people, including some EU countries, such as France, Italy and Germany, which did not wait for the green light from European authorities.

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