Thursday, September 21

Spain will start injecting the fourth dose against COVID-19 on September 26

The fourth dose against COVID-19 will begin to be administered in Spain on September 26, as decided this Thursday by the Public Health Commission and reported by the Ministry of Health. Vaccination will begin in residences and in the first place those over 80 years of age will be vaccinated, “according to the criterion of greater vulnerability,” says Health.

The Ministry has also reported that, this Friday, the first batch of doses adapted to the omicron variant will arrive in our country, which will be key to fighting the advance of the virus next autumn when temperatures drop. The new consignment is going to be distributed to the autonomous communities next week.

Throughout the month of September, Spain is expected to receive 10 million doses adapted to the prevailing variant, both from Pfizer and Moderna, the head of Health, Carolina Darias, explained on Monday. To these two drugs, the Spanish Hipra vaccine could soon be added, which is still awaiting final authorization from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Said authorization is an essential preliminary step before the dose can be marketed.

In Spain, this second booster dose against the coronavirus is recommended for people over 60 years of age, vulnerable people and health personnel, but the first to receive it will be people in residences and those over 80 years of age.

Likewise, the Public Health Commission has agreed that this year’s flu vaccination will start between September 26 and October 17 and, according to the Ministry, its start will take place “depending on the availability and epidemiological circumstances of the different autonomous communities and cities. Several communities had requested that the flu vaccination coincide with the second remembrance for the elderly against the coronavirus.