The public health commission approves the vaccination of children under 12, the band that reports the most infections.
The vaccination campaign for children between 5 and 11 may begin in Spain on December 15. The Public Health Commission approved this Tuesday the immunization of children under 12 years of age after the Pfizer vaccine for this population was validated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and received the endorsement of the Vaccine Report, the group of technicians that advises the Spanish health authorities.
The campaign will begin with the arrival of the first vials, scheduled for December 13: from there; they will be distributed among the communities, which will start the process on the 15th. Health expects to receive 3.2 million vaccines between this month and January, which would be enough to inject the first dose to practically all children between 5 and 11 years (3.3 million). The second dose will be given eight weeks later.
The Ministry of Health has approved the vaccination of these ages to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the family environment and the community.
“In this sense, the Commission highlights the importance of protecting minors of these ages not only from the disease in its acute facet but also from possible future conditions and persistent covid syndrome,” the statement said.
Children under 12 years of age were the only age group for which the vaccination campaign had not yet started. Now only those under five will be left out. It is also the group that accumulates the highest incidence of cases: 412 diagnoses per 100,000 inhabitants, almost double the average for Spain (248) and more than triple that of adolescents (133) or over 80 (125).
After children, the following groups with the most detected cases are those between 30 and 50 years old, which coincides with the age of most of the parents of these children.