The Public Health Commission has approved the document of the Ministry of Health with the stipulations for vaccinate with a third booster dose against Covid-19 those over 60 years of age, health workers, social health workers and internal staff of social and health centers.
“It is essential to continue vaccinating that small percentage of people who have not been vaccinated, but also continue with the booster doses to the groups that have been incorporated. To continue maintaining a high level of immunity “, highlighted the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, at a press conference.
The person in charge of Health has also ensured that with the inoculation of the third dose “the outbreaks in the residences have been greatly reduced”. “Our objective is keep taking steps, keep protecting peopleand, continue saving lives”:
The document, accessed by laSexta, outlines the reasons why these sectors of the population will be vaccinated and also indicates, what type of vaccine will each group receive and the times in which it will be administered.
The population aged 60 to 69 receive a booster dose of messenger RNA vaccines, i.e. Pfizer or Moderna and will inject the six months from the last dose managed. In case of having received vaccinated with Janssen or AstraZeneca, the booster dose can be administered three months after the last one.
Health, social and health personnel and inmates in social and health centers they will also receive a booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, to be injected six months after the last dose. As in those over 60, if they have been vaccinated with Janssen or AstraZeneca, the additional dose can be administered after three months.
The Health document justifies the need to administer the third dose in people over 60, alleging the “upward trend” of the incidence of coronavirus in Spain in all age groups and points out that “the proportion of hospitalization” of people aged 60 to 69 is “around 10%”, “more than double that observed in smaller groups.”
They also point out that “The effectiveness of vaccines shows a loss of protection against the coronavirus from 3 to 6 months after vaccination” and that the effectiveness against hospitalization “also decreases in people residing in centers for the elderly.” In addition, they see a lower effectiveness in the AstraZeneca and Janssen (adenovirus) vaccines compared to those of Pfizer or Moderna (messenger RNA).
Regarding health personnel, Health indicates that “studies carried out in neighboring countries show a drop in effectiveness against infection from three months after complete vaccination “ and they remember that they were among the first groups to receive the vaccine.
In addition, they state that the vaccination strategy “also includes the principle of reciprocity, that is, protect especially those who bear significant risks and additional charges for Covid-19 for being dedicated to safeguarding the well-being of others, including health. “