The Spanish government announced today that it wants to vaccinate 12-17 year olds against COVID-19 before returning to school for the new school year in September.
“Our idea is to propose to the Public Health Committee (which ratifies health decisions) that we can start vaccinating our 12- to 17-year-olds before they go back to school, about two weeks before,” she said. Minister of Health Carolina Daria on Spanish public television.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved in late May the use of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 for those 12-15 years of age, which is the first vaccine to be administered to adolescents under 27 years of age. Member States of the European Union.
Among other major EU countries, France announced on Wednesday that those aged 12-18 could start vaccinating from June 15.
Italy on Thursday launched the COVID-19 vaccination platform for all age groups 12 and older, while Germany announced its intention to open the vaccination for minors over 12 on June 7. years.
Spain, one of the worst-hit countries in Europe by the new coronavirus pandemic, which is mourning some 80,000 deaths, is projected to have vaccinated 70% of its population by the end of August.
To date, this country of almost 47 million people has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 21% of its population (almost 10 million people), while 39.5% have already received at least one dose of the vaccine against the disease that causes the new corona virus.