Xunta extends flu and covid-19 vaccination campaign until January 26

The Ministry of Health has just agreed to once again extend the vaccination campaign against influenza and covid-19, which will run until January 26.

This is the second time Xunta has extended the date for vaccination against the two respiratory infections, after the campaign was originally scheduled to end on January 12.

After the Christmas holidays, Sunta decided to continue offering the possibility of vaccination to a population that had not so far done so.

The latest data from the General Administration of Public Health shows that the positivity rate of influenza tests is 27.9%, a decrease of 2.28 percentage points from yesterday.

Regarding vaccination coverage, a total of 802,646 people in the Galician community have been vaccinated against influenza so far. It can be seen that the vaccination coverage rate for adults over 80 years old has reached 82%, exceeding 51.3% of the 36,000 children under 5 years old who have been vaccinated.

Regarding influenza-related medical pressures, a total of 844 people are admitted to the Hospital Center Group of the Galician Health Service (77 fewer than yesterday), 37 of whom are in intensive care units (6 fewer than yesterday).

However, Xunta maintains a self-service appointment system for vaccination against respiratory infections (influenza and covid-19) in all hospitals of the Galician public health network.

In this sense, people between the ages of 12 and 59 (with a certain risk) and people aged 60 and above can be vaccinated at reference hospitals using the self-service appointment system. Likewise, children between the ages of 6 months and 11 years (with certain risk conditions) can request self-designation through the Sergas Móvil app.

Vaccination times and locations can be found through the following link:

People who only want to get a flu shot instead of a COVID-19 vaccine can also visit their health center by appointment.

The Board of Health reminds us of the importance of vaccination against respiratory viral infections, the use of masks for those with symptoms or vulnerable groups, hand hygiene and ventilation of confined spaces.

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