Spain gives a single vaccine shot to people under 55

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Spain announced it would administer only single shots of vaccines to adults under 55 who were already infected with the virus, Reuters reported. The decision is part of the new strategy of the local Ministry of Health.

“The duration of protective immunity to the virus after natural infection is unknown but studies show that administering a single dose to these individuals boosts protective immunity,” the strategy update read. France announced a similar policy earlier this month while Italian politicians are debating whether to follow that path. Spain had already advised that people within that bracket who have no major health complications wait six months from their diagnosis before taking a vaccine. Just over 2% of Spaniards offered a vaccination have refused, including people who declined for medical reasons. After an intense third wave of infection, Spain’s two-week incidence of the virus fell to 194 cases per 100,000 people on Friday, down from almost 900 cases at the end of January.

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