25 Oct, 2021 @ 17:19
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COVID-19 boosters and flu vaccine shots ‘doubling up’ in parts of Spain

COVID-19 boosters and flu vaccine shots will be offered at the same time in some parts of Spain
April 22, 2021, Madrid, Spain: A man receiving a shot during a massive vaccination of the AstraZeneca vaccine to ages between 60 and 65 at WiZink Center formerly known as Sports Palace. (Credit Image: © Guillermo Guterrez Carrascal/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire)

BOOSTER coronavirus vaccine shots can officially be administered to people aged 70 and over from this Monday(October 25).

The date was agreed by the Public Health Commission and applies to residents in that age range who got their last COVID-19 vaccination at least six months ago.

Some regions will be combining the Pfizer booster shots with immunisation against influenza.

The start dates will vary from area to area.

For example, the Murcia region will offer both vaccinations in one sitting from November 2.

The new COVID booster age group follows those categorised as vulnerable like some cancer patients as well as care home residents.

Flu vaccinations are recommended to everybody aged 65 as well as young children and pregnant women.

Health workers are also recommended, as in previous years, to get the influenza shot.

The Ministry of Health has emphasised the importance of target age groups getting a flu vaccine this autumn.

It warns of the dangers of catching flu while being infected with the coronavirus.

They want to get at least 75% of people aged 65 and over vaccinated against influenza.

All of Spain’s regions will be running their annual flu vaccine campaigns with the hope there will be an even higher take up due to COVID concerns.

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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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