Spain offers Covid-19 boosters, flu jabs to over 70s ahead of winter

Madrid, Oct 25 (EFE).- Spanish health authorities on Monday rolled out the Covid-19 booster drive to the over 70s, often doubling them up with flu jabs ahead of winter season.

The vaccine campaign varied in Spain’s decentralized system, with some regions like Catalonia opting to administer simultaneous Pfizer boosters and flu jabs, but as of Monday all those over 70 who have been fully vaccinated for at least six months are eligible to get a top-up coronavirus shot.

They are the third group to be offered boosters after residents of care homes and those with serious underlying health conditions.

It comes as health authorities in Spain prepare for an unpredictable flu season, which was practically nonexistent last year due to the strict Covid-19 measures in place, such as social distancing and obligatory mask wearing.

Less strict social distancing and mask rules remain in place in Spain, which has an accumulated incidence rate of 44.5 cases per 100,000 people.

At least 78% of Spaniards are fully vaccinated against the worst symptoms of Covid-19, one of the highest rates in the world.EFE


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