Spain: Target to vaccinate 12-17 year olds before the new school year

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Vaccination of adolescents 12 – 17 years before returning to school in the new school year in September is targeted by the Spanish government.

“Our idea is to propose to the Public Health Committee (which ratifies health decisions) that we can start vaccinating our 12- to 17-year-olds before going back to school, about two weeks before,” she said. Her health Spain Carolina Darias on public television.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved in late May the use of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for people aged 12-15 COVID-19, which is the first vaccine approved for administration to adolescents in the 27 member states of the European Union, as broadcast by AMPE.

Among other major EU countries, France announced on Wednesday that those aged 12-18 could start vaccinating from June 15.

Italy for its part opened the vaccination platform against COVID-19 in all age groups from 12 years and over, while Germany announced its intention to open the vaccination for minors over 12 years of age on June 7.

Spain, one of the worst-hit countries in Europe by the new coronavirus pandemic, which mourns some 80,000 deaths, is projected to have vaccinated 70% of its population by the end of August.

To date, this country of almost 47 million people has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 21% of its population (almost 10 million people), while 39.5% have already received at least one dose of the vaccine against the disease that causes the young coronavirus.

Belgium: 52.1% of the adult population has received the first dose of the vaccine

In Belgium it has received its first dose vaccine 52.1% of the adult population (4,800,457 people) and the second dose has been taken by 24.7% (3,270,506 people), according to data from the Scientific Institute of Public Health (Sciensano).

In the week between May 25-31, the Belgium recorded a daily average of 1,875 cases (reduced by 8% compared to the previous reporting period). An average of 47,000 tests were performed daily and the positivity rate is 4.4%.

Between May 28 and June 2, daily hospital admissions due to covid averaged 78.1 (-24% compared to the previous week). 1,063 patients with covid are being treated, of which 364 are in the intensive care unit.

During the same period, the average daily number of covid deaths was 13.4 (-24.2%).

From the beginning of the pandemic, Belgium has recorded 24,995 deaths from coronavirus.

“Development remains favorable. In a few days, we will pass the bar of 75 hospital admissions per day, while the situation in the intensive care unit is improving “, says the responsible infectious disease specialist Yves Van Laetem, noting that vaccination played a fundamental role, as well as the behavior of the population. He added, however, that “we have some potentially problematic weeks ahead of us as vaccination progresses.”

Belgium is expected to announce measures today to facilitate travel abroad and take decisions to further lift restrictions on catering, culture and sport.

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