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A health worker prepares the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Madrid on January 12.
A well being employee prepares the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Madrid on January 12. Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty Photographs

Spain’s well being ministry stated Wednesday that recovering Covid-19 sufferers who’re below 55 and haven’t any main well being issues should wait six months from their analysis earlier than receiving a vaccine.

The measure will apply to the three vaccines presently being distributed in Spain — AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna — and is provisional pending additional analysis.

In a doc outlining the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination technique printed Wednesday, the well being ministry stated that “the provision of the three licensed vaccines is inadequate to attain within the quick time period common entry to them.”

“As well as, it is very important spotlight that the present context of the vaccination towards Covid-19 is conditioned by the intense epidemiological scenario that we’ve been experiencing previously few weeks, with a rise in infections and hospital admissions, with a elevated danger for sure inhabitants teams, amongst whom we spotlight the individuals with 80 or extra years,” it stated.

The well being ministry referred to as for “solidarity and for confidence” within the vaccine technique and requested for the general public to know that within the “present epidemiological context, all efforts should be targeted on those that may see their well being most affected, even shedding their lives because of being contaminated by the virus and contracting the illness.”

The assertion additionally stated that “present proof signifies that reinfection is outstanding inside six months of a SARSCoV-2 an infection.” 

In December nevertheless, the European Heart for Illness Prevention and Management (ECDC) said that “as the precise length of pure immunity from COVID-19 an infection is presently unknown, at this stage it’s advisable to not exclude individuals with earlier COVID-19 an infection from vaccination.”

“Nonetheless, these points have to be adopted up and up to date based on the rising proof,” the ECDC stated.

On January 27, the regional authorities of Madrid determined to cease administering first doses of their Covid-19 vaccines for the subsequent two weeks because of rising uncertainty over its provide.

To this point in Spain, the one individuals below 55 who’re eligible to obtain the vaccine are healthcare professionals.

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