Although for many covid is a thing of the past, some experts have predicted that some cases could resurface this fall, but it is not expected to be massive. In fact, the WHO already said, a few weeks ago, that we are approaching the end of the pandemic. For this reason we want to know if there is fourth dose of covid vaccine and when it will be administered.
According to the EFE agency, based on what was announced by the Ministry of Health, the campaign of the fourth dose will start on September 26 while on October 17 the flu vaccine would start.
Who will the fourth dose of the covid vaccine be for?
The fourth dose vaccination campaign then starts for those over 80 years of age, vulnerable and people who are in residences. For this, the Ministry of Health has announced that the first batch of doses of vaccines adapted to the Omicrom variant which will be distributed next week to all the autonomous communities.
In statements to EFE, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, explained that the Public Health Commission already approved the vaccine for those over 80, those who live in residences and then it would be for those over 60. With this, he highlighted the success of previous vaccination campaigns in Spain and also highlighted that we are in a different phase of the pandemic.
Darias expects that 10 million units of these vaccines will arrive throughout the month of September, already adapted to the new variant from the manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna.
Will the rest of the population be vaccinated?
Although there is no established consensus, doctors state that, for now, it will be something optional and that each one can do according to what they recommend. In any case, they comment that a fourth dose with the existing vaccines does not make sense because the virus has mutated, and in any case it would have to be the new vaccines against omicron.
From Health, the fourth vaccine for the general dose is not clear, and it would not yet reach all Spanish citizens. This whole scenario will also depend on the current epidemiological situation.
Health also spoke of the Hipra vaccine, which awaits final authorization from the European Medicines Agency as an essential preliminary step to be able to market it.
At this time there is also talk of the flu vaccine, and Health announced that it will start on October 17, always depending on the availability and epidemiological circumstances of the different territories and Autonomous Communities.