The increased control in public places through the COVID passport and the need to travel during the next bridge and the Christmas holidays, together with the doses of referzo, are reactivating the vaccination campaign against him coronavirus. In some large cities, such as Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia, queues have been seen again at the centers authorized for immunization, after the slowdown that occurred at the end of summer.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, in Spain a total of 37.5 million people (79.2% of the population) have received the full regimen, while 38.2 million (80.6%) have at least one dose.
But this week, coinciding with the implementation in several autonomous communities of the requirement of the COVID certificate to access the hotel industry and other leisure activities, more than 72,000 first doses have been inoculated, 25% more than the previous week, in which an increase in the interest of the ‘laggards’ in receiving the serum was already detected.
In addition, communities are accelerating to inoculate booster doses and Health hopes that some 16 million punctures can be administered before Christmas so that the most vulnerable are protected on those dates. People over 60 years of age, health and social health personnel, interns in centers for people with disabilities and those immunized with single doses of Jansen are the target.
They are expected to be joined by minors between the ages of 5 and 12, after the EMA will authorize the pediatric use of Pfizer’s serum, although the Ministry of Health has yet to pronounce on the matter.
Increase in the first doses
“I know it is necessary and in many places they are asking for it,” a young woman told TVE before receiving the first dose at the space enabled in the Palacio de los Deportes de Madrid.
“Is it so fundamentally increasing the first doses because the COVID passport is being put in many places already, that if not they will not let you in, and because people want to travel at Christmas and need to be vaccinated, “he says Clara Maria Sarrías, spokesperson for SUMMA 112 Madrid.
“I was not very supportive but out of obligation I have to get vaccinatedBecause if I can’t, I can’t travel or go to restaurants or go to the gym or anything: otherwise, I won’t be able to lead a normal life. For me it is a violation of human rights because they are inhibiting me from not being able to decide whether I want to be vaccinated or not, “a young woman at the gates of a mass vaccination center in Barcelona tells Europa Press.
“I didn’t wear it before because I had doubts, the truth; but you have to work and if you don’t have a passport, COVID is an impediment, “says a woman in Barcelona.
The need to travel at this time is pressing for many Spaniards, some of whom need it to go abroad. “To travel to Switzerland I have no choice but to get vaccinated to go at Christmas,” says a girl at the Madrid vaccination center. It is a case similar to that of a man in Valencia who wants to go to Portugal at Christmas: “I need it to travel,” he says.
Six communities already require a certificate
So far, six autonomous communities –Aragon, Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Galicia, Murcia and Navarra– They have the endorsement of the justice to require the COVID passport to access certain services and activities, mainly the hotel industry, although four others – Andalusia, the Canary Islands, Castilla y León and the Valencian Community – are waiting for a response or planning to request it, especially due to the increase in cases in the last two weeks and the fear that the appearance of the new variant has aroused omicron.
In Euskadi, Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country did not authorize its useAlthough the Basque Government has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court and is awaiting a response.
At the moment, the Government has not proposed to impose the requirement of the digital certificate at the national level and maintains its commitment to masks and vaccination, leaving the decision to apply to the courts, which have the last word, to the communities.
“I do not think it is a mess. What was agreed, and so it is in the legal provisions, is that it is the Supreme Court that feels doctrine on these issues when they are appealed,” said the Minister of Justice last week, Pilar Llop.
Health insists on the need to complete the booster doses and recalls that the weekly rate of positive cases in all age cohorts is higher in unvaccinated people.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.