The Government will continue to focus on vaccination and prevention as key vectors against COVID-19The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has defended the need to continue to focus on vaccination and prevention as key vectors against COVID-19.Epidemiological situationAs the Secretary of State for Health explained, after 12 weeks of decline, the Cumulative Incidence has experienced a slight increase in the last month, reaching more than 139 cases at 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants today; an AI that, as she explained, has a greater presence in unvaccinated people and people between 40 and 49 years of age.

However, he has qualified the reflection of this incidence in the level of hospitalization does not resemble that of previous waves, with a lower overload of the care system in general, with a rate of 2.4% of hospitalizations and 5.97% in the case of ICUs.

Additional doses for people between 60 and 69 years of age

On the other hand, the Minister of Health has valued the inclusion, approved by the Public Health Commission, of people between 60 and 69 years of age and of healthcare and socio-healthcare personnel among the groups to whom an additional dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 will be administered.

“It seems to us a very important step, to protect these people individually, but also collectively, because by protecting health workers we are not only protecting them, but we are also protecting the collective environment where they work”, Darias defended.

At this point, she acknowledged the “great effort” being made by the autonomous communities in promoting vaccination with booster doses, which currently exceeds 50% of people over 70 years of age with this additional dose.

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Spanish Ministry of Health – Press Release