Ministry of Health of Spain has approved the vaccination of 5 to 11-year-olds against Covid-19.

This paves the way for Spain to further increase its vaccination rate, which already stands at just under 90 per cent of all people aged 12 and older, which is high even by European standards.

In November, the European Medicines Agency approved the use of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine for children aged 5 and up. An estimated 3 million children are now eligible for vaccination.

Despite its high vaccination rate, Spain’s seven-day incidence is currently rising. Its 2021 low of around 18 cases per 100,000 people is but a distant memory, however, and is currently hovering around the 139 mark.

On Tuesday the Regional University Hospital of Malaga announced that some 68 medical staff tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a hospital Christmas dinner on December 1.

A spokesperson for the hospital said on Tuesday that it was not yet known how many of the infections actually happened at the dinner, which was attended by more than 170 medical staff in total.

All attendees reportedly took antigen tests beforehand, all of which came back negative. Those who attended the event have now gone into a 10-day quarantine.

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