The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) states that the seasonal autumn-winter 2023-2024 vaccination against Covid-19 will be extended to the population between 18 and 59 years old and flu vaccination to people aged 50 to 59 years.

The DGS rule, which comes into force from Monday, comes at a time when there is intense flu activity and an excess of general weekly mortality from all causes.

The DGS also indicates that the expansion of free seasonal vaccination is also related to the current availability of vaccines.

To date, taking the flu and covid-19 vaccine is recommended for people aged 60 and over.

According to the Directorate-General for Health, this expansion of the groups eligible for vaccination was preceded by an evaluation by the Technical Committee for Seasonal Vaccination.

“The expansion of flu vaccination is carried out according to the doses available, with priority given to older people. The expansion to other age groups will be considered in the coming weeks, taking into account the availability of vaccines, and as long as the objective of achieving the best vaccination coverage in the eligible population is maintained”, states the DGS.

This organization emphasizes that the promotion of vaccination for those aged 60 or over, and for people with comorbidities and healthcare professionals, remains a priority.

Vaccination is available at around 3,500 vaccination points, approximately 2,500 pharmacies and 1,000 primary health care units of the National Health Service.