Andalusia begins the third phase in the vaccination campaign against flu and covid 2023/2024 that started on October 9, both vaccines will be received by people over 60 years old as well as other professional groups such as Security forces and bodies, penitentiary institutions, or ranchers.
The Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs thanks Andalusians for their responsibility and commitment to the current coverage numbers, just three weeks after the start of the campaign. Currently, Almost 50% of those over 85 and over 25% of those over 70 have been vaccinated. Likewise, around 30,000 children between 6 and 59 months, and 85% of people in nursing homes have been vaccinated with doses against flu and COVID-19.
The 2023/2024 flu and COVID vaccination campaign begins to administer doses to people in nursing homes and disability centers, people over 85 years of age, and health professionals and social health. Since October 16, those over 70 years old, children 6 months or older, teenagers and adults with pathological diseases, people who are very dependent on the home and their professional caregivers, and pregnant and postpartum women are also vaccinated. , and the pediatric flu vaccine is administered to children from 6 to 59 months. Starting in December, household members of people over 60 years of age and people with chronic pathologies and in dangerous situations will be vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs recommends that all target groups be vaccinated against influenza and COVID-19 to effectively and safely prevent severe infection from these viruses, avoiding hospitalization. Likewise, it recognizes and appreciates the efforts of health professionals, especially the work of nurses, so that vaccines are administered promptly.
For this campaign, the Junta de Andalucía obtained a 7.5% more flu dose than in 2022which means a total of 2.2 million. This increase is mainly due to one of the most notable innovations of the campaign: the lowering of the starting age of influenza vaccination in adults, who will now begin to be vaccinated systematically from the age of 60, as to vaccinate against COVID-19.
People included in the target groups can apply appointment through the Salud Responde application, ClicSalud+, by phone, or at your clinic.
Regarding the coverage of the 2022-2023 campaign against influenza, in Andalusia more than 70% of those over 65 years of age, and 46% of the child population aged 6 to 59 months, have been vaccinated, marking the the first time they were included in the systematic vaccination, 81.3% of pregnant women, and 50.6% of health and social health professionals.
In particular, from October 3, 2022, to the end of April 2023, 1,953,383 doses were given, which is 206,662 more than in the 2021-2022 campaign, making this campaign where the most doses against influenza were given in the history of Andalusia.