Spain’s health ministry said on Thursday it would give a third dose of coronavirus vaccines to people over the age of 70, hoping to improve their protection against COVID-19.
The National Public Health Commission has decided to offer booster jab vaccination from the end of October to elderly people who received a second vaccine dose more than six months ago, the ministry said in a statement.
Spain had so far only offered a third dose to care for domestic residents and some people with compromised immune systems.
“The aim is to enhance the security of the most vulnerable,” the ministry said.
Europe’s medicines watchdog on Monday approved a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those over 18, against a backdrop of fears that their protection against the virus could diminish over time.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has also approved booster doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna shots for severely immunocompromised people.
More than 15 countries around the world have started issuing third doses, including countries in the European Union including France, Italy and Germany.
Given the possible winter resurgence of COVID, some countries did not wait for the approval of EU officials for their plans.
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