• Health wants those over 70 to be the next to get vaccinated
  • They would be the next priority group after residences and healthcare workers
  • Healthcare vaccination begins: “We can start to have life”

The third wave is moving quickly and the Ministry of Health is concerned that the virus will once again prey on the elderly, as it happened last spring.

With the elderly living in nursing homes and their caregivers vaccinated, as well as front-line health workers, the next priority group would be the general population over 70 years of age. This is the recommendation of the technical group that participates in the government’s vaccination strategy.

Age is not chosen at random. More than half of those over 70 years of age require hospital admission when they become infected. They have a greater risk of serious illness and of ending up in the ICU and it is that reason that could push Health to accelerate their protection. Even more so at a time when the virus looks as though it is getting out of control again in Spain.

Enough doses?

This is one of the recommendations that the Public Health Commission of the Interterritorial Council will study next week, where all the autonomous communities are represented. The elderly are a clear target population, the problem is having sufficient doses to protect such a large population group. Furthermore, immunisation on a larger scale further complicates logistics.

The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, announced yesterday at the end of the Interterritorial Health Council that in a few days it will be decided which population groups will be the next to receive the doses of the Covid-19 vaccines authorised so far.

The decision of the next groups to be immunised will be made based on such criteria as the risk of mortality, the possibility that these people can infect more or the socioeconomic impact of the activity they carry out.

Teaching staff, essential workers …

In addition to those over 70 years of age, other priority groups will also be valued: essential workers (police, firefighters …), teaching personnel, people with higher risk diseases, workers who cannot telework, those who work or live in communities or environments closed or vulnerable populations due to their socioeconomic situation. In total, the vaccination plan will prioritise 15 population groups, although the strategy is a living project that can change according to the epidemic and the availability of vaccines.

The Ministry of Health aims to vaccinate all the elderly in residences this week, except those in which there are current outbreaks.

Starting next week, the first caregivers and elderly will begin to receive their second dose which will provide them with maximum protection against Covid.