Health recommends waiting 6 months to vaccinate people under 55 years of age in priority groups 2, 3, and 6 who have passed the Covid-19. This is established by the new update of the Vaccination Strategy, in which it advocates postponing vaccination until six months have passed since the person in question was diagnosed with the disease. For those over 55 years of age or with risk factors, the drug will be administered without waiting for this period, according to the established plan.
The same is recommended for those under 55 years of age without risk conditions who are part of the aforementioned priority groups and who have been infected after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, for whom Health establishes that they will wait 6 months to administer the second dose. The strategy suggests that no serological tests be performed before vaccination, although it emphasizes that, as has been the case from the beginning, criteria can be changed as the vaccination process progresses.
The document confirms that the AstraZeneca vaccine will be used for the time being to immunize health and social health personnel not previously vaccinated with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as well as for groups “whose function is essential for the proper functioning of society.” Therefore, priority group number 3, defined until now as “other health and social health personnel”, is now divided into 3A and 3B. The first includes personnel from the hospital and primary care settings that are not considered first-line; dental and dental hygiene personnel and personnel who regularly care for patients without a mask.
The 3B groups the personnel of the public health services involved in the management of the pandemic; to personnel of the health inspection services, legal and forensic medicine, private medical consultations, home help services, centers for minors and day centers, and to health and social-health students who carry out clinical practices. Also included in this group are physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacy office personnel, dental technicians, speech therapists, and clinical psychology personnel, as well as correctional institution workers.
The update of the strategy also defines priority group number 6, in which the AstraZeneca vaccine will be used as it cannot be used in 5 (people over 80 years of age). This category is made up of the Security Forces and Bodies, Emergencies and Armed Forces -includes Civil Guard, National, Autonomous and Local Police, Firefighters, technicians of the Security Forces and Bodies, professionals of Civil Protection, Emergencies and Armed Forces- and teachers and early childhood, special, primary and secondary education personnel.
Thus, Health recommends continuing to use the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for groups 1 (residents and health and social health personnel of nursing homes), 2 (health and social health personnel in the first line), 3A (explained in the previous paragraph), 4 (large dependents) and 5 (people over 80 years old, although as more vaccines become available, they will also be administered to people between 70 and 79 years old).
The AstraZeneca vaccine, meanwhile, will be inoculated to people up to 55 years of age in groups 3B and 6. People with severe immunosuppression (including cancer patients undergoing treatment), uncontrolled cardiovascular disease, and liver disease will not receive this drug. severe renal, metabolic or neurological. The separation between the two doses for those who are administered the AstraZeneca drug, says the Ministry, will be between 10 and 12 weeks.