Spain Approves COVID-19 Booster Shot for Over 70s

Spain’s health ministry on Tuesday has approved administering COVID-19 booster shots for elderly people aged 70 and above.

The National Public Health Commission decided to offer booster jab vaccinations of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines starting at the end of October to elderly people who already received a second vaccine dose more than six months ago.

Spain had until now only offered third doses to home-cared residents and some people with compromised immune systems. Experts are still debating the need for this third dose.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) presented a technical report last week concluding that there is “no urgent need” to administer booster shots to people in the general population who are fully vaccinated.

Spain has fully vaccinated around 78% of its population.

More than 15 countries worldwide including European Union nations like France, Italy, and Germany have begun administering third doses anticipating a potential winter resurgence of COVID-19.

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