Spain to give third dose of COVID vaccine to over 70s – Manila Bulletin

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Spain to give third dose of COVID vaccine to over 70s

MADRID, Spain – Spain’s health ministry said on Thursday it will give third doses of coronavirus vaccines to those over 70, hoping to improve their protection against COVID-19.

(Xinhua / FILE / MANILA BULLETIN)

The National Public Health Commission has decided to offer the booster vaccines from the end of October to elderly people who received a second dose of the vaccine more than six months ago, the ministry said in a statement.

Spain has so far only offered third doses to residents of nursing homes and some people with weakened immune systems.

“The aim is to increase protection for the most vulnerable,” the ministry said.

The European medicines watchdog on Monday approved a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people over 18, amid fears their protection against the virus could wane over time.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has also approved booster doses of Pfizer and Moderna injections for people with severe immunosuppression.

More than 15 countries around the world have started issuing third doses, including countries in the European Union, including France, Italy and Germany.

Considering a potential winter resurgence of Covid, some countries have not waited for approval from EU authorities for their programs.


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