Spain approves COVID booster shot for over 70s

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Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

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MADRID, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Spain on Tuesday approved administering of third doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are based on the same messenger RNA technology, for people aged 70 or over, the health ministry said.

Spain has fully vaccinated around 78% of its population, and authorised the booster shot from six months after people receive their second jab, the ministry said in a statement. The campaign to administer the boosters will begin at the end of October.

The country had already authorised booster shots for cancer patients, nursing home residents and other vulnerable groups.

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Reporting by Clara-Laeila Laudette and Nathan Allen; Editing by Alison Williams

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