8 Jul, 2020 @ 10:11
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Valencian government wants 75% of over-64s to get vaccinated this autumn

Flu Jab Plans Unveiled For At Least 75 Per Cent Of Elderly Living In Spain  S Costa Blanca

HEALTH bosses in the Valencian Community want 75% of people aged 64+ to get a flu jab this autumn, according to new proposals.

The health ministry wants the bulk of its annual influenza injection programme out of the way in case a second spike of the coronavirus leads to overburden at hospitals this winter.

The main stresses to the medical system caused by flu tend to be in late January and February.

Projections suggest the ministry will need a 60% increase in its regular vaccine order to cover around 1.3 million people.

That preventative target figure is almost double the number of vaccinations that took place during the last autumn and winter seasons.

The expanded programme, which was announced last month by Valencia’s president, Ximo Puig, will also target people in vulnerable groups like those who suffer from ongoing serious conditions and pregnant women.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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