By Andrew Atkinson
Spain’s PM Pedro Sánchez has announced the country are to provide Covid booster vaccines to people aged 60 and over along with health staff.
Spain had previously set the age limit for the booster vaccine at 65.
During an official visit to Turkey, PM Sánchez said: “The key to fighting the pandemic is to continue this successful vaccination strategy in our country”.
A date for the booster doses to start to over 60s and health workers has yet to be announced.
Over 65s started receiving their booster vaccine in many Spanish regions in November.
The decision to give a booster to over 60s and health will have to be ratified by Spain’s Interterritorial Health Council in which the national Ministry of Health.
Spain’s regional authorities have to decide how to incorporate the new groups into Spain’s booster vaccination plans.
From November 17th, around 2.9 million people have received the coronovirus booster dose in Spain.
Spain has one of the highest Covid-19 vaccination rates in the world with approximately 79 per cent of the population fully vaccinated.
In Britain and Germany 68 per cent are fully vaccinated with 75 per cent in France.
The booster vaccine jabs announcement comes amid Spain’s 14-day average infection rate increasing to 96 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.