17 May, 2021 @ 11:15
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Spain confident of youth vaccinations by July thanks to new Pfizer delivery

EXPLAINED: Spain mulls Pfizer and Moderna second injection delays but still keeps faith with 70% August inoculation target
A health worker prepares a dose of Astra Zeneca at the WiZink Center in Madrid. (Photo by Fer Capdepon Arroyo/Pacific Press)

COMMUNITIES in Spain are confident that younger age groups are on track to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as early as July, says government figures.

According to the Ministry of Health, Spain’s vaccination program is proceeding at a ‘good pace’ as it expects a further 13 million Pfizer doses next month.

So far, nearly seven million people have so far received both doses of the vaccine, almost 14.7% of the population.

With this new delivery, it is expected that the 40-49 year old age group will be pushed forward as early as June, particularly the regions that currently are in an advanced state of vaccinations.

So far it has been confirmed that eight autonomous communities will begin vaccinations to anyone born between 1972 and 1981 next month.

These are, Andalusia, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, Castilla y León, Extremadura, the Valencian Community, Madrid and Catalonia.

Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla y Leon and Valencia also predict that the 30-39 year old age group could be vaccinated as early as July according to Carmen Cabezas, president of the Catalonian vaccination plan.

In an interview with RAC1, Cabezas explained that once the 40-49 year old age group were vaccinated, it is possible that a general call for anyone between 16 and 39 could be issued.

Cabezas explained that it would consider such a move following in the footsteps of other European nations who have issued a general call to younger age groups where, traditionally, infection rates are much lower.

So far, a total of 20,623,815 doses have been administered so far with a total of 14,318,348 having received their first dose as of last Friday (13).


James Warren

"James spent three years spent working as a junior writer at various English language newspapers in Spain before finding a home at the Olive Press. He previously worked for many years as a bid writer for an international motorsports company. Based in Cordoba since 2014, James covers the southern Subbetica region, northern and inland Malaga and the Axarquia area. Get in touch at [email protected] with news or trustworthy tips that you would like him to cover in these areas"

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