The Ministry of Health and the autonomous communities have activated the vaccination against the coronavirus to the entire population over 12 years of age. The organization and summons remains in the hands of the autonomous governments and immunization may occur in an overlapping and descending order. However, Public Health has emphasized the need to prioritize adolescents who are highly dependent or are at very high risk.
This new step towards the immunization of vaccination of the general population occurs at a time when more than 13 million Spaniards have the complete schedule , almost 30% of the population, 37.7% of those over 50 years of age The two doses have already been inoculated, and 42% of the group between 60 and 69.
For the vaccination of the rest of the population, three new groups have been established, which will be included in the next update of the vaccination strategy: group 11 (from 30 to 39 years), group 12 (from 20 to 29 years) and group 13 (between 12 and 19 years old ).
However, some communities have already started vaccinating people between the ages of 39 and 30. Specifically, Ceuta received authorization from the Ministry of Health on June 7 to inoculate the serum to those under 40 years of age, as did Melilla, which has been doing so since June 9, and the Canary Islands, which is already doing so. in the less populated non-capital islands.
An appointment system for those under 40 years of age
The autonomous communities are in charge of organizing the immunization of groups under 40 years of age, which may be carried out in an underhanded manner. Thus, autonomies such as Andalusia and the Balearic Islands have already opened the online citation system for people of that age range.
In the same sense, the rest of the government have announced that in the coming weeks they will begin to vaccinate this population group, as already advanced by Castilla-La Mancha.
Despite the prior appointment system, it was agreed that a descending age order should continue to be maintained . That is, from 39 years of age and below. Thus, the proposal of the Servizo Galego de Saúde (Sergas) foresees to start in July the vaccination of those under 40 years of age, combining the usual system of citation by SMS – from the oldest, of 39 years, downwards – with a procedure of Voluntary appointment request open to everyone over 18 to fill gaps.
What vaccines will those under 40 receive?
Currently, the only vaccines that are licensed for those under 40 are those from Pfizer and Moderna. While AstraZeneca can only be given to those over the age of 60 , although those under that age who stayed with a first dose before the age limit was implemented can receive AstraZeneca. However, the official recommendation is that they receive Pfizer. The unknown is again in the Janssen vaccine, which currently has the age limit at 40 years.