Residents of care homes in Catalonia begin to receive a third booster shot
Residents of care homes in Catalonia have started receiving their third Covid booster injection.
Residents of care homes in Catalonia began today, Saturday, September 18, to receive their Covid-19 booster injections just days after Spain approved the administration of these third doses for fear of the decrease in their immunity to the virus.
After some confusion as to when it would start – early reports indicated that booster shots would be given from October 4 while others said they would do so next week – Catalan health officials have finally decided to start doing it on Friday.
The first people to receive their third dose of Covid-19 vaccine were residents of Feixa Llarga nursing home in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat – the same place where the vaccination campaign began last winter. On December 27, 2020, octogenarian Josefa Pérez became the first person in Catalonia to receive a dose before becoming the first resident of a retirement home to receive a booster on September 17.
The deployment of the vaccine in Catalonia continues to progress, although at a much slower pace than before the summer. As of September 16, 5,835,260 (70.9% of the population) were considered fully immune – just over 1% more than exactly a week ago – and health officials say they have plenty of doses left over. ‘they could administer.
5,835,260 inhabitants received the first dose of the vaccine, or 73.7% of the total population. Of these, 4,943,232 also received a second dose (62.6% of the total population).
Booster injections for immunocompromised people
Spain gave the green light to third doses for immunocompromised people just over a week ago, which means organ recipients or those who have received hematopoietic stem cells due to diseases such as leukemia, or people who are being treated with anti-CD20 drugs may have started to receive booster shots.
MRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer or Moderna, will be used for all three groups of patients.
The third injections will be given 28 days after the second doses, however, patients will still have to wait six months after completing their treatment before they can receive them.
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