Valencia raises maximum age limit for AstraZeneca vaccine to 65

Ana Barceló asks the Interterritorial Council to “expedite the procedures for the use of the Sputnik V vaccine as soon as possible”

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Monday 22nd March 2021 | PRESS RELEASE, translation MIKE SMITH

As agreed by the National Health Interterritorial Council on Monday, vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine will restart on Wednesday and it has been imposed that the vaccine will now be administered to people up to 65 years of age.

The vaccine will be administered to groups of front-line health personnel (Group 3B of the national vaccination strategy), to other health personnel (Group 3C) and essential groups, such as state security forces and bodies, emergency services and the armed forces as well as personnel from education centres (Group 6 of the national strategy). These groups, plus those of 3B and 3C who have not yet been vaccinated because they are between 55 and 65 years of age, will be administered with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Given the shortage of doses of the various vaccines that are arriving, Ana Barcelò, the regional Public Health Minister, has raised the possibility of speeding up procedures as much as possible in order to add another of the vaccines that are already on the market. And this would be the Russian vaccine Sputnik V which, like AstraZeneca or Janssen, is of the adenoviral type.

Although it’s use will be conditional on the prior authorization of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Barceló has inisted that “all the processing of this type of vaccine be expedited”. In addition to Russia, Belarus, Serbia, Argentina, Bolivia, Algeria, Paraguay, United Arab Emirates and Tunisia, among others, are already using the Russian vaccine.

At this time, the Comunidad Valenciana has the lowest 14-day IA rate in Spain – currently at 31.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants – and it is well below the national average of 128.71. However Barceló has called for “prudence and responsibility” to maintain the very low levels of infection spread, given the changing trend in most of Spain, so that “the life of Valencians can start to return to normal as much as possible as we continue with the process of hope and future that is vaccination“.

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