Andalusia opens Covid vaccination appointments for children up to the age of nine this Monday.

An adolescent boy receives the Covid-19 vaccine.

The vaccination of children aged between eleven and five years old starts in Andalusia with the possibility of making an appointment from Monday 13 December, a process that begins with the first age group from eleven to nine years old (both inclusive), while younger children will have to wait until January.

As the Andalusian Regional Minister for Health and Families, Jesús Aguirre, explained on Friday, the first shipment of 260,000 Pfizer vaccines received is enough to vaccinate up to the age of nine before Christmas. It will be with the next shipment of 440,000 doses when the rest of the children from eight to five years old (both inclusive) will be able to request an appointment.

So, this Monday 13th appointments will begin to be made and from 15 December children aged nine to eleven, that is, those born in 2010, 2011 and 2012 (and those born in 2009 who have not reached the age of 12 at the time of vaccination) will receive the vaccine.

However, children aged between nine and five with pathologies included in Group 7 of the Ministry of Health’s Strategy will also be vaccinated now, as they are people with very high-risk conditions.

Vaccination will take place during weekday afternoons and weekends, thus facilitating the process for parents, who will have to accompany them.

It will also be carried out in health centres and at approved vaccination points, although there is the possibility that in rural areas it will be carried out in schools.

With regard to children who are hospitalised in centres for minors, they will be vaccinated differently, “either they will go to the health centres or all of them will be taken to a vaccination centre to be vaccinated”, as the coordinator of the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in Andalusia, David Moreno, explained in an interview with Cadena Ser on Sunday, which was picked up by Europa Press this Sunday.

Moreno recalled that the vaccine is recommended “for all children with all types of pathologies and realities” and that, in fact, “they have a much stronger recommendation” for children with immunosuppression or those receiving treatment with immunosuppressants.


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