The lehendakari defends that the use of the covid passport is “uniform” throughout the Spanish State


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Iñigo Urkullu is in favor of the covid passport and the compulsory vaccination of certain workers being decided “uniformly” throughout the Spanish State and sees it as “difficult” for the Basque Country to adopt this type of measure “if they are not framed in a decision” of state level.

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Iñigo Urkullu.  Image: EITB Media

The Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, has claimed this Monday “a uniform decision throughout the state“on the possibility of establishing the mandatory vaccination for certain professional groups, as is being done in other parts of Europe, or on the “Generalized” requirement of the ‘covid passport’.

In a public appearance in which he was accompanied by the Minister-President of Flanders, Jan Jambom, after receiving him in Lehendakaritza, Urkullu acknowledged that the Basque Government is concerned about the situation of covid-19, whose incidence is increasing, and that is why the Department of Health will adopt a “series of guidelines”, through an order, to reinforce preventive measures.

According to the latest data made public this Monday, the Basque Country is in a “stressed” virus transmission situation that has resulted in an increase in hospital pressure and that affects more markedly eight municipalities that are in the red zone.

After highlighting that the Basque Government keep acting To prevent the spread of infections, he pointed out that, despite the fact that the Basque population is the first to have achieved 90% of the complete vaccination in Spain, the virus “persists”. “The vaccine is not the absolute solution,” he assured.

Therefore, it has returned to encourage to get vaccinated to people who have not yet done so, and has stated that we must stop “drive belt“, so it is necessary to maintain preventive measures. Among them, he has called for wearing the masks indoors and has recommended that they also be done outdoors.

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The Lehendakari has welcomed the fact that the Government of Pedro Sánchez has announced vaccination in children under 12 years of age, perhaps by mid-December, and has indicated that they are insisting on the third dose of the antidote, but has specified that it is a complement” to the preventive measures to be adopted.

Iñigo Urkullu recalled that in other EU member states the vaccine is being forced to certain professional groups, while in the Spanish state it is not mandatory. He also stressed that in Spain the covid passport is not “a general requirement”.

“These are debates in which a uniform decision in the whole of the State is worthwhile. We have limited powers and, at this moment, also, even in a situation in which we are not in a health emergency, fortunately, it is not possible to apply the anti-pandemic law approved in the Basque Parliament on June 24 “, he said.

Follow the recommendationss in the face of the coronavirus from the health authorities. If you live in the CAV and have symptoms, call your usual health center. The Health Council will also attend to people on the phone 900 20 30 50, offering information and solving doubts about the coronavirus. If you live in Navarra, call the Health Council phone number: 948 290 290. Remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of covid-19 is to use a mask, ventilate the spaces, keep a safe distance and wash your hands.




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