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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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Covid deaths in Sweden ‘set to rise in coming weeks’

The Public Health Agency of Sweden has warned that the number of weekly Covid deaths is set to rise, after the number of people testing positive for the virus rose for the sixth week running.

Covid deaths in Sweden 'set to rise in coming weeks'

According to the agency, an average of 27 people have died with or from the virus a week over the past three weeks. 

“According to our analyses, the number who died in week 27 (July 4th-July 11th), is more than died in week 26 and we expect this to continue to grow,” the agency wrote in a report issued on Thursday. 

In the week ending July 17th (week 28), 4,700 new cases of Covid-19 were registered, a 22 percent rise on the previous week. 

“We are seeing rising infection levels of Covid-19 which means that there will be more people admitted to hospital, and even more who die with Covid-19,”  said Anneli Carlander, a unit chief at the agency. “The levels we are seeing now are higher than they were last summer, but we haven’t reached the same level we saw last winter when omicron was spreading for the first time.” 

While 27 deaths a week with for from Covid-19 is a rise on the low levels seen this spring, it is well below the peak death rate Sweden saw in April 2020, when more than 100 people were dying a day. 

The number of Covid deaths recorded each week this summer. Source. Public Health Agency of Sweden
A graph of Covid deaths per day since the start of the pandemic shows that the current death rate, while alarming, remains low. Photo: Public Health Agency of Sweden

Carlander said that cases were rising among those in sheltered accommodation for the elderly, and also elderly people given support in their own homes, groups which are recommended to get tested for the virus if they display symptoms. The infection rate among those given support in their homes has risen 40 percent on last week. 

This week there were also 12 new patients admitted to intensive care units with Covid-19 in Sweden’s hospitals.  

The increase has come due to the new BA.5 variant of omicron, which is better able to infect people who have been vaccinated or already fallen ill with Covid-19. Vaccination or a past infection does, however, give protection against serious illness and death. 

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