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How to get a vaccine certificate in Spain’s Andalusia, Valencia and Madrid regions

If you’ve had your Covid-19 vaccine/s you may want to have proof that you are now immunised. These three Spanish regions have systems in place that allow you to get an official vaccine certificate showing you’ve been immunised. 

How to get a vaccine certificate in Spain's Andalusia, Valencia and Madrid regions
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Spain’s 17 regions and two autonomous cities are managing their own vaccine campaigns just as they have been behind imposing their own Covid measures for the most part of the pandemic. 

That means that there are different systems in place in terms of how their residents are getting notified to get the Covid-19 vaccine and how this approved vaccine information is later provided to them either on paper or digital format.  

It’s worth pointing out now that the vaccine certificates that some regions are making available to those who’ve been vaccinated does not refer to the vaccine passport system that Spanish tourism authorities want to introduce in June to promote travel, which is part of a broader EU digital vaccination certificate scheme.

These vaccine certificates by regional health authorities currently serve an informational purpose rather than granting access to certain places or providing some other major advantage.

Not all of Spain’s 17 regions have set up platforms to allow an easy download of this document, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t request or will be given some form of proof of vaccination when you go to the health centre. 

This is how to get a vaccine certificate or similar in three of Spain’s regions which have a system in place. 

How to get a vaccine certificate in Andalusia

1.Ask your GP: You can ask your médico de cabecera (GP) for a paper certificate which states that you’ve received both Covid-19 vaccines, or just the one if it’s Johnson & Johnson. 

2.Request one through ClicSalud +: The Andalusian Health Ministry’s website is another option for requesting written proof that you’ve been vaccinated. You can access it here.

Click on salud (health), then vacunas (vaccines) and you will get the option of accessing this information by using your digital certificate, DNie (Digital ID) or the [email protected] system.

3.Request a vaccine certificate through the Andalusian health app: Download the Salud Andalucía app from the app store. Once you’re in, you’ll get the option Obtenga su certificado de vacunación Covid-19 (Get your Covid-19 vaccine certificate). 

You will need your digital certificate, DNie or the [email protected] system to access your details and certificate. 

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How to get a vaccine certificate in the Valencia region

If you’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the Comunitat Valenciana you can visit the government website here, where you will be able to download the justificante vacunal (vaccine certificate).

You will be asked to include your SIP number, the date in which the SIP card was issued and your date of birth. 

You will then receive a security code that you will have to type into the website and click validar (validate). 

According to Valencian health authorities, the certificate contains information relating to the vaccine received and is so far purely for informational purposes.

A man gets vaccinated in the Basque city of San Sebastián. Photo: ANDER GILLENEA/AFP

How to get a vaccine certificate in Madrid 

Madrid has had the tarjeta sanitaria virtual (virtual health card) for some months now.

It’s available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices and is activated through a QR code that is obtained in health centres in the region or by calling a free number 900 102 112.

After validating the identity of the patient, they will provide an activation code via SMS, to the mobile phone that the citizen has registered as a contact.

This card, available for people over 16 years of age, includes more information than Madrid’s traditional plastic health card, such as information regarding a Madrid resident’s vaccination status.

This real time breakdown states when the vaccination took place, which vaccine it was, how many doses and so on. 

The system generates a QR code that allows third parties to verify, when necessary and through a Ministry of Health validation website.

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MONEY

Rampant branch closures and job cuts help Spain’s banks post huge earnings

Spain’s biggest banks this week reported huge profits in 2021 and cheered their return to recovery post-Covid, but ruthless cost-cutting in the form of thousands of layoffs, hundreds of branch closures and the removal of many ATMs have left customers in Spain suffering, in this latest example of ‘Capitalismo 2.0’. 

A man withdraws cash from a Santander branch in Madrid.
More than 3,500 Santander workers lost their jobs in Spain in 2021 and a further 2,000 more employees working for Santander across Europe were also laid off. Photo: PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP

Spanish banking giant Santander on Wednesday said it has bounced back from the pandemic as it returned to profit last year, beating analyst expectations and exceeding its pre-COVID earnings.

Likewise, Spain’s second-largest bank BBVA said on Thursday that it saw a strong rebound in 2021 following the Covid crisis, tripling its net profits thanks to a recovery in business activity.

It’s a similar story for Unicaja (€137 million profit in 2021), Caixabank (€5.2 billion profit thanks to merge with Bankia), Sabadell (€530 million profit last year), Abanca (€323 million profit) and all of Spain’s other main banks.

This may be promising news for Spain’s banking sector, but their profits have come at a cost for many of their employees and customers. 

In 2021, 19,000 bank employees lost their jobs, almost all through state-approved ERE layoffs, meant for companies struggling financially.

BBVA employees protest against layoffs in May 2021 in Madrid. Spain’s second-largest bank BBVA is looking to shed 3,800 jobs, affecting 16 percent of its staff, in a move denounced by unions as “scandalous”. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

Around 11 percent of bank branches in Spain have also been closed down in 2021 as part of Spanish banks’ attempts to cut costs, even though they’ve agreed to pay just under €5 billion in compensation.

Rampant branch closures have in turn resulted in 2,200 ATMs being removed since the Covid-19 pandemic began, even though the use of cajeros automáticos went up by 20 percent in 2021.

There are now 48,300 ATMs in Spain, levels not seen since 2001.

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Apart from losses caused by the coronavirus crisis, Spain’s financial institutions have justified the lay-offs, branch closures and ATM removals under the premise that there was already a shift to online banking taking place among customers. 

But the problem has been around for longer in a country with stark population differences between the cities and so-called ‘Empty Spain’, with rural communities and elderly people bearing the brunt of it. 

 

Caixabank laid off almost 6,500 workers in the first sixth months of 2021. Photo: ANDER GILLENEA/AFP

Just this month, a 78-year-old Valencian man has than collected 400,000+ signatures in an online petition calling for Spanish banks to offer face-to-face customer service that’s “humane” to elderly people, spurring the Bank of Spain and even Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to publicly say they would address the problem.

READ MORE: ‘I’m old, not stupid’ – How one Spanish senior is demanding face-to-face bank service

It’s worth noting that between 2008 and 2019, Spain had the highest number of branch closures and bank job cuts in Europe, with 48 percent of its branches shuttered compared with a bloc-wide average of 31 percent.

Below is more detailed information on how Santander and BBVA, Spain’s two biggest banks, have reported their huge profits in 2021.

Santander

Driven by a strong performance in the United States and Britain, the bank booked a net profit of €8.1 billion in 2021, close to a 12-year high. 

It was a huge improvement from 2020 when the pandemic hit and the bank suffered a net loss of €8.7 billion after it was forced to write down the value of several of its branches, particularly in the UK. It was also higher than 2019, when the bank posted a net profit of €6.5 billion.

Analysts from FactSet were expecting profits of €7.9 billion. 

“Our 2021 results demonstrate once again the value of our scale and presence across both developed and developing markets, with attributable profit 25 per cent higher than pre-COVID levels in 2019,” said chief executive Ana Botin in a statement.

Net banking income, the equivalent to turnover, also increased, reaching €33.4 billion, compared to €31.9 billion in 2020. This dynamic was made possible by a strong increase in customer numbers, with the group now counting almost 153 million customers worldwide. 

“We have added five million new customers in the last 12 months alone,” said Botin.

Santander performed particularly well in Europe and North America, with profits doubling in constant euros compared to 2020. In the UK, where Santander has a strong presence, current profit even “quadrupled” over the same period to €1.6 billion.

Last year’s net loss was the first in Banco Santander’s history, after having to revise downwards the value of several of its subsidiaries, notably in the UK, because of COVID.

The banking giant, which cut nearly 3,500 jobs at the end of 2020, in September announced an interim shareholder payout of €1.7 billion for its 2021 results. “In the coming weeks, we will announce additional compensation linked to the 2021 results,” it said.

BBVA

The group, which mainly operates in Spain but also in Latin America, Mexico and Turkey, posted profits of €4.65 billion ($5.25 billion), up from €1.3 billion a year earlier.

The result, which followed a solid fourth quarter with profits of €1.34 billion, was higher than expected, with FactSet analysts expecting a figure of €4.32 billion .

Excluding non-recurring items, such as the outcome of a restructuring plan launched last year, it generated profits of 5.07 billion euros in what was the highest figure “in 10 years”, the bank said in a statement.

In 2020, the Spanish bank saw its net profit tumble 63 percent as a result of asset depreciation and provisions taken against an increase in bad loans due to the economic fallout of the virus crisis.

“The economic recovery over the past year has brought with it a marked upturn in banking activity, mainly in the loan portfolio,” the bank explained, pointing to a reduction of the provisions put in place because of Covid.

In 2021, BBVA added a “record” 8.7 million new customers, largely due to the growth of its online activities. It now has 81.7 million customers worldwide.

The group’s net interest margins also rose 6.1 percent year-on-year to €14.7 billion, said the bank, which is undergoing a cost-cutting drive.

So far, it has axed 2,935 jobs and closed down 480 branches as the banking sector undergoes increasing digitalisation and fewer and fewer transactions are carried out over the counter.

At the end of 2020, BBVA sold its US unit to PNC Financial Services for nearly 10 billion euros and decided to reinvest some of the funds in the Turkish market.

In November, it launched a bid to take full control of its Turkish lending subsidiary Garanti, offering €2.25 billion ($2.6 billion) to buy the 50.15 percent stake it does not yet own.

The deal should be finalised in the first quarter of 2022.

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