The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, said on Monday that solid transplant patients or those undergoing cancer treatment will receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, although she insisted that the decision to be made will always be “hand in hand with scientific evidence”.
In a interview in Julia en la Onda, on Onda CeroDarias recalled that the technicians of the vaccine presentation, who will meet next Wednesday, have already advanced the proposal on the groups that will foreseeably be administered a booster dose. “There is consensus in people with immunosuppression, for example by solid transplantation,” said the minister, who has clarified that for this group, rather than a booster, the important thing would be to administer a dose that allows them to achieve the same response as to non-immunosuppressed people.
And “patients who have cancer treatment, it could also be”, Darias has advanced, although he has preferred not to anticipate the experts, whose criteria he will “always respect.”
Either way, the decision will be made by the Ministry together with the communities within the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, where the opinion prepared by the Public Health Commission based on the proposal of the presentation will be seen.
The European Commission recently warned that the third doses are not yet part of the marketing authorization of the vaccines and have not yet been subjected to a scientific evaluation by the EMA.
For this reason, Spain also awaits the results of the Pfizer and Moderna trials and the communication that the EMA has yet to make in this regard.
In addition to the booster dose, the presentation of vaccines and the alert, Darias recalled, they are analyzing the possibility that vaccinated students who are in close contact with a positive should not be quarantined, as happens with adults.
The response of the technicians will arrive soon, “this week or next”, and will serve as a guideline because as vaccination progresses “we have to change our performance parameters at all times.”
In any case, and given the “exceptional response” that 12 to 19-year-old boys are giving to get vaccinated, going back to class this year will be “much safer than in the past, and it already was” , since only 0.4% of the classrooms remained closed.
On the other hand, the head of Health has once again rejected the mandatory vaccination of health and social health personnel who work in residences, because the percentage of vaccination in our country, already very close to 70%, “has nothing to do” with the of others in our environment who have had to use similar measures.
In addition, “when we are at such a high level of circulation, the virus gets everywhere”, also due to visitors or the exits made by the residents themselves: for this reason, in their department they have updated a protocol in which it is recommended , for example, that workers, visitors and elders are tested for active infection.