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Madrid Is Expanding Its Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Program

MADRID — Madrid is expanding its mass COVID-19 vaccination program, with jabs being administered at the city’s large WiZink indoor arena starting Friday.

Some 4,000 people between 60 and 65 years of age were due to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine there on the first day.

The Madrid regional government has already set up mass vaccination centers at two other major venues in the Spanish capital.

From this weekend, 10 public hospitals in the region are to join the vaccination effort, which so far has largely taken place at health centers.

Spanish health authorities are now giving the AstraZeneca vaccine only to people between 60 and 69 years old, due to possible links between the vaccine and extremely rare blood clots in people younger than 60.

Madrid is keeping in place its restrictions on gatherings and movement for another two weeks amid a gradual uptick in new COVID-19 cases. Some other Spanish regions are bringing back restrictions for the same reason.

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