The fourth dose of the vaccine against covid-19, or second booster dose, arrived this Monday at the homes for the elderly to strengthen the immunity of around 390,000 people throughout Spain and the appointment has been opened at the health centers of group over 80 years old, a total of 2.9 million citizens.
Paquita Bonillo, resident of the geriatric Feixa Llarga de L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, was the second person in Catalonia to receive the fourth dose of the covid vaccine this Monday. EFE/ Andreu Dalmau
The fourth dose against covid debuts the bivariant vaccines, sera adapted from the original versions of Cominarty (Pfizer/BioTech) and Spikvax (Moderna) that protect against the micron subvariants but also against the initial forms of SARS-Cov-2 .
Sanitat has made it clear that these vaccines are more accurate and offer wider protection and the side effects are similar to those already administered.
According to the Ministry of Health, they can be inoculated with others such as the pneumococcal preparation based on feasibility and to speed up the process of protection against viruses.
Also fourth dose for some older than 60 years
In addition to the population over 80 and residents of centers for the elderly, Health recommends that those under 60 who, for various reasons, have not completed their schedule or who have not yet been vaccinated, come and be vaccinated with this fourth dose in front of covid
After this first group of vaccinated people, the Public Health Commission has recommended administering the fourth dose to the population aged 60 to 79 and below who present health risk conditions, and endorses that in these col· lectius is administered together with the flu antidote.
Likewise, the vaccine is recommended for the staff of health centers, services and establishments, emergency service staff in contact with patients and people who work in homes for the elderly or care for the disabled.
At the moment, this booster dose is not recommended for the healthy population under 60.
For this last quarter, Health will have 44 million doses, of which 16 million will be received throughout the month of September, as reported by the Ministry of Health.
The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, wanted to share the start of the fourth dose and did so by attending the vaccination at the La Campiña health center, in the Guadalajara municipality of Marchamalo.
Two years ago, it was also in Guadalajara, at the Los Olmos residence, where a 96-year-old resident, Araceli, was the first Spanish woman vaccinated against covid.
Vaccines against covid and against the flu
On this occasion, the autonomous communities have started the vaccination of the fourth dose with residents in geriatrics, those over 80 and social and health workers, only Andalusia has delayed the start to October 3rd to coincide with the flu vaccine.
Despite this, at least seven autonomous regions (Galicia, Catalonia, Asturias, Extremadura, La Rioja, Murcia or the Basque Country) have begun to administer the double puncture following the recommendations of the Ministry of Health, conditional on the availability of serums.
In general, institutionalized adults have shown themselves to be very satisfied with being vaccinated and less anxious than on previous occasions knowing that vaccines “prevent a lot” and “improvement is noticeable” throughout the country.