Health authorities in the Valencian Community confirmed that they will begin to vaccinate non residents if they can prove a planned stay of more than one month. With an influx of national and international tourists expected this week, health authorities have drawn up instructions to vaccinate all of those people who, although not registered in the region, are planning to stay
The Ministry’s instructions indicate that, all of them, “will be vaccinated according to their classification in the population information system (SIP).” The instructions are in accordance with the provisions of the National Vaccination Strategy, that is, “guarantee the vaccination of all people according to the risk group to which they belong.”
Therefore, all those not registered as resident but who need to be vaccinated, according to their risk level or age group, should register with the SIP system at their local health centre, and join the waiting list for vaccine appointments.
In the event that these people have already had a dose elsewhere and are requesting to complete their immunization here, the protocol establishes that the patient must “prove the date of vaccination, type of vaccine and place where it was received.”
According to reports, some tourists with second homes have already claimed the second dose of the vaccine in the Valencian community. Coming from Britain and northern Europe, they have arrived at local health centres with their identification document to request either the second dose or in some cases, both doses, depending on their age and the risk situation in which they are classified. A health worker said at the weekend that the language barrier is proving an obstacle. “Many of them don’t speak Spanish well. Some come without a translator, a fact that makes it even more difficult to communicate with them,” she explained. One example given was British woman who was administered the AstraZeneca in the UK, but according to her age group, here she would have been given Pfizer. The health worker explained “When she was inputted into the nominal vaccination registry, she did not report that first dose. Soon after, a family member came who, with a little more command of the language, explained that the first dose was with AstraZeneca, like most of the United Kingdom” and so the case was notified to Public Health for follow up as the system “does not allow registering a second vaccine different than the first, so it is referred to Public Health to decide individually, which vaccine should be administered.”
Another obstacle is the “influx of citizens who arrive without proof of their immunization in their country of origin. Hence the importance of a European and national registry, to avoid this type of situation.”
Juan Francisco Navarro, president of the Valencian Society of Preventive Medicine, said that as this region receives national and international tourists, the summer “should be a bit like the previous one, with a series of measures such as the control of nightlife and ‘botellones’. I believe that we will have to continue to maintain precautions.” Navarro also said that the “orderly arrivals of tourists complying with the controls, especially from countries that have a higher vaccination rate than us, will not hurt us at all and will reactivate the economy.”
President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, announced on Sunday that 351,000 vaccines will be administered this week, a record number since the vaccination process began. The head of the Consell insisted that June will be the key month for achieving immunity among the population as soon as possible, which in turn will allow for economic recovery to be addressed safely.
Puig appealed to the public not to relax their prudence and compliance with protection regulations, because “the virus is still there and in recent days we have noticed a slight increase that we have to stop.” He stressed that the population must be aware that “we are still in a pandemic and that the latest measures that allow greater mobility can lead to an increase in infections.” Thus, “we cannot take steps back because it would be very negative, and if we want to reach the gates of summer with the situation we have, we must continue combining vaccination with prevention,” he insisted.