The Public Health Commission – attended by the Directors General of Public Health of all municipalities – has agreed to carry out one joint vaccination against flu and Covid from the last week of September, provided the first doses of the new coronavirus vaccine have already arrived.
The most important of the agreements reached between the autonomies and the Ministry is to delimit the borders as much as possible Population group to which this vaccination is aimed, which focuses on people over 60, children between 5 and 59 months, chronically ill nursing home users and pregnant women in any trimester of pregnancy. There is something new this year: the risk groups include vaccination against flu Smokers included. Not against Covid.
It is a very specific recommendation that leaves the rest of the population out. It will not be banned for the general population, but it will not be considered necessary either and the number of doses each municipality will purchase is geared in that direction. Currently, Castilla y León has ordered an initial delivery of 42,000 doses Let’s start with nursing homes first.
Specialists have analyzed this A resurgence in cases recorded across the country But they also agree that these are mild cases and that complications and admissions only occur in people over 80. The challenges posed are to achieve a vaccination rate of 75% among the elderly, health and nursing home staff and 60% among pregnant women.
The history in Castilla y León shows that these goals can be achieved relatively easily. At the last booster call, coverage among older people was above these figures. However, Health care workers often refuse the flu shot and the percentage of working people who get vaccinated each fall is quite small.