Five regions in Spain announce dates to open Covid vaccines for people in their 30s

Five regions in Spain, including Valencia, Andalusia and Catalonia announced new dates for when they will be vaccinating those in their 30s against Covid-19.

Five regions in Spain announce dates to open Covid vaccines for people in their 30s
Five regions in Spain announce dates to open Covid vaccines for people in their 30s. Photo: LLUIS GENE / AFP

While it is expected that most of Spain’s autonomous regions (comunidades autónomas) will begin vaccinating those in their 40s during the month of June, four regions have gone further and have announced dates for the inoculation of those in their 30s too.

The first region to announce the immunisation of the 30 to 39-year-old group was Castilla-La Mancha, whose president Emiliano García-Page, was optimistic and specified that the vaccination of this group could start in the last week of June.

The region of Valencia have also said that they would begin to vaccinate people between 30 and 40 years old in July. President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig confirmed this during a speech in the regional courts. It is also expected that the inoculation of those under 40 in the region will start from June 17th.

Those in these age groups hoping to get vaccinated in Valencia must make sure they register with their local health centre and apply for a SIP card. If you’re not registered with the public system and have private healthcare instead, the Valencian authorities have said that you still need to register at your local health centre and will be given a provisional health card to cover the period of vaccination. 

READ MORE: What foreigners in Spain’s Valencia region need to know about getting the Covid vaccine

In Catalonia, the deputy director-general of Health Promotion, Carmen Cabezas said in an interview with Rac1 last week that those under 40 “could begin to be vaccinated in about 3 or 4 weeks” after having already started those in the age bracket of 40 to 49. She also added that the call could be “more generalised – from 18 to 39 years old”.

Those in Catalonia who already have their padrón certificate or are registered and have their CAP cards can apply online here. 

READ MORE: What residents in Catalonia need to know about getting the Covid vaccine

In Extremadura, the second vice president and councilor of Health and Social Services of the Board, José María Vergeles has said that it could be possible “to begin vaccinating those in the age group of 39 to 30 in June”, according to statements collected by Europa Press.

More recently, Andalusia has also announced dates for vaccinating the younger age groups. The Councilor for Health and Families of the Board, Jesús Aguirre has confirmed that on July 7th the inoculation for those under the age of 40 will begin, once the population between 41 and 59 years old has been completed, during the month of June.

To register for the vaccine in Andalusia please follow this link. More information on the vaccine campaign can be found here.

READ MORE: Andalusia’s foreigners will get the vaccine, but how should they register? 

Spain has so far given 26.1 million vaccines with 8.8 million fully vaccinated. 94.8 percent of all citizens over the age of 60 have received at least one jab.

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Public Health Agency recommends two Covid doses next year for elderly

Sweden's Public Health Agency is recommending that those above the age of 80 should receive two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn, as it shifts towards a longer-term strategy for the virus.

Public Health Agency recommends two Covid doses next year for elderly

In a new recommendation, the agency said that those living in elderly care centres, and those above the age of 80 should from March 1st receive two vaccinations a year, with a six month gap between doses. 

“Elderly people develop a somewhat worse immune defence after vaccination and immunity wanes faster than among young and healthy people,” the agency said. “That means that elderly people have a greater need of booster doses than younger ones. The Swedish Public Health Agency considers, based on the current knowledge, that it will be important even going into the future to have booster doses for the elderly and people in risk groups.” 


People between the ages of 65 and 79 years old and young people with risk factors, such as obesity, diabetes, poor kidney function or high blood pressure, are recommended to take one additional dose per year.

The new vaccination recommendation, which will start to apply from March 1st next year, is only for 2023, Johanna Rubin, the investigator in the agency’s vaccination programme unit, explained. 

She said too much was still unclear about how long protection from vaccination lasted to institute a permanent programme.

“This recommendation applies to 2023. There is not really an abundance of data on how long protection lasts after a booster dose, of course, but this is what we can say for now,” she told the TT newswire. 

It was likely, however, that elderly people would end up being given an annual dose to protect them from any new variants, as has long been the case with influenza.