The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has started this Monday, September 26, the vaccination of the fourth dose, -also called the second booster dose-, against covid-19, adapted to the new variants of Ómicron.
This vaccination process will be aimed at the most vulnerable population, which includes people over 80 years of age and residents of nursing homes , who represent a total group of 100,000 people, and other age groups will be progressively included.
In this way, the vaccination of this target population will be carried out by appointment by the health centers , so that users do not have to carry out any prior appointment request process, while the nursing teams will travel to the residences of the elderly to vaccinate institutionalized people, as has been happening up to now with the previous doses.
The population groups in which vaccination with the second booster dose will be prioritized may receive this after at least five months have elapsed since the last dose received against covid-19.
In the case of recent coronavirus infection, people hospitalized in centers for the elderly and disabled, those over 80 years of age, the child population aged five and over with risk conditions and people with a high degree of immunosuppression, may receive the second booster dose three months after infection.
The Canary Islands received last week the first batch of 273,600 doses - 230,400 Pfizer and 43,200 Moderna of the new vaccines against covid-19 adapted to the new Ómicron variants for vaccination of the second booster dose.
Experts have indicated that the new multivalent vaccines, used as "booster" doses-, can enhance and amplify the immune response , and therefore, protection against all clinical manifestations.
Likewise, they have recalled that it is necessary to achieve high vaccination coverage in the most vulnerable groups, regardless of their history of infection, since booster doses are associated with greater protection against the omicron variant and some of its subvariants.