The entire Spanish population will be able to receive a fourth dose of the Covid vaccine, possibly starting next autumn, Spanish Health Minister Carolina Daria announced today.
“There will be a fourth installment for the entire population,” she told La Sexta.
“A possible date will be in the autumn,” he added, adding that Spain was expecting “the arrival of new vaccines adapted to coronavirus” around this time.
Spain, like many countries, opted for a second booster dose – four doses of the vaccine in total – only for the most vulnerable, especially those over the age of 80 or the immunocompromised.
Some countries, such as the United States, already provide the fourth dose to people over the age of 50.
With 93% of its population over the age of 12 fully vaccinated and 53% of its 47 million inhabitants already receiving the first booster dose, Spain is one of the world champions of covid vaccination worldwide.
The country, where vaccine resistance is almost non-existent, recorded a total of 12.5 million infections and 107,239 deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.
At the end of March, Madrid adopted a new strategy to treat Covid-19 as a simple endemic disease, the epidemiological surveillance of which is comparable to that of influenza.