October 7, 2022

Flu and covid vaccines in Basque residences

Bilbao (EFE).- Euskadi will vaccinate against flu and from Monday 26 covid in nursing homes and double inoculation of at-risk groups begins on October 3. Vaccinations for the rest of the population will start on 1 November.

“Yes, we are vaccinated” is the motto chosen by the Ministry of Health of the Basque Government for this campaign against flu and covid-19, as reported this Friday by the Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, who has appealed done on the population to get vaccinated.

650,000 flu shots

The Basque Country has acquired a total of 651,500 doses of flu vaccines – about 563,000 vaccines were administered in this community last year – with the potential to increase to 781,800 doses, and it has 129,600 booster doses against Covid-19, although it may have some 370,000 vaccines against the disease of the coronavirus.

Flu and covid vaccines in Basque residences

The flu vaccination and the administration of the second booster dose in old people’s homes will start next Monday.

From the same day, September 26, people belonging to risk groups (over 65s, people with chronic diseases, pregnant women and health and social health workers) can make an appointment – in the Osakidetza website or at your health center – and they are scheduled from October 3. AND

The rest of the population who wants to be vaccinated can do so from 1 November.

Photos flu and covid

emergence of the flu

The health authorities have indicated that while it is impossible to predict how the flu virus will behave this fall-winter, “there may be a relatively significant flu peak” as it is possible for the flu to “reactivate” as soon as possible. reduce the incidence of covid-19.

Confronted with people “doubting” about whether or not to vaccinate against the flu and get the second booster dose against Covid-19, Sagardui has said the recommendation is that “absolutely yes”, especially for the most vulnerable. .

“Yes, we are vaccinated”

He explained that the campaign slogan, “Yes, we are vaccinated”, “is a full declaration of intent in favor of the best tool to flu and covid“.

After reiterating that one of the main features of this campaign is that vaccination against the flu and the second booster dose against the coronavirus disease are offered simultaneously, the health minister emphasized that the campaign is aimed at the entire population, although “especially those who at risk of complications.”

That is why the vaccinations start in nursing homes and continue on October 3 with the rest of the risk groups.

In addition to citizens who make an appointment through the Osakidetza website or by calling the polyclinic, the Basque Health Service will call the population over 80 years old to reach “the maximum” of vaccinations in the older group.

November 1: vaccinations for the entire population

The rest of the population who wants to be vaccinated can request an appointment from October 17th and the administration of the doses will start on November 1. The general population who wants to be vaccinated is given the flu vaccine “safely”.

With those of covid-19, according to the confidential adviser, “the instructions of the expert staff of the Public Health Commission will be followed”.

The Public Health Commission voted yesterday, Thursday, to recommend vaccination with the second booster dose against Covid-19 for all persons over 60 years of age, as well as those under this age who show health risks, and approved its administration along with the antidote against the flu.

Last year, 562,840 flu vaccines were administered in the Basque Country, protecting 73% of the Basque population aged 65 or older, explains the coordinator of the campaign against the flu, Enrique Peiró. EFE

Written by Ernesto Martinez

Edited by Elena Puerta

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