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Region by region: How to get a Covid-19 vaccination certificate in Spain

If you’ve had your Covid-19 vaccine/s in Spain you may want to have proof that you are now immunised. Here are the Spanish regions that have set up online systems where vaccinated residents can access and download their vaccine certificates and the process for each one explained. 

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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 regional 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 they are being provided with their vaccine information.  

For the most part, physical vaccination certificates on paper are not being given to people who have just received their inoculation, which is a concern for many of the 9+ million in Spain who are over the age of 65 and not necessarily tech-savvy enough to know how to access downloadable vaccination certificates buried deep in government websites.

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Not all regions in Spain are issuing vaccination certificates either. 

Aragón, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura and La Rioja currently have no digital service available to issue a certificate that proves that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Spain’s ten other regions do however, so we will proceed to explain the process you have to follow to get a vaccination certificate in each one of them. 

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. So if your primary interest is to prove your Covid-19 health status for travel, click on the link directly below.

FIND OUT MORE: How to get a Digital Covid Certificate for travel from Spain to the EU

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.

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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Basque Country

You can get your vaccination certificate in the Basque Country through the Carpeta de Salud (Health File), but you’ll need to either have a digital certificate or be registered in the Basque Country’s own identification system BakQ , which requires you to first go in person to a government office.

Canary Islands

The Canary government is offering two ways for its residents to access a vaccine certificate – or documento acreditativo (accrediting document) – through its medical history platform Mi Historia.

This can be done through this website, but it does require having a digital certificate, [email protected]ve pass or SCS digital identity access. 

It is more straightforward to access the vaccination certificate by downloading the app miHistoria on your mobile or tablet, available for free on both Apple and Android

Catalonia

To get your vaccination certificate you first have to register in Catalonia’s La Meva Salut application. 

“From there you can also download in due course the pdf that proves your Covid-19 vaccination,” write Catalan health authorities.

Keep in mind that in order to register, you must first have your padrón registration in Catalonia and have the Catalan TSI public health card (la tarjeta de Programas de Interés Sanitario), which will be sent to your home address by CatSalut. 

READ ALSO: How to apply for a public health card in Catalonia and other parts of Spain

This card contains the CIP code (14 alpha-numeric digits) which you can use together with your digital certificate or password to register at La Meva Salut and download the vaccination certificate here

It can be also be requested through the La Meva Salut app ( Android or iOS )

Castilla y León

You can get your vaccination certificate through the Sacyl Conecta app ( Android or iOS ). To register in the app you’ll need to enter your health card number and other personal information. Then you have to confirm your identity by entering a code received by SMS. If you’re having trouble registering on the app, this FAQ page may help.

The other way is through the Carpeta del Paciente (Patient Folder) website, which can be accessed with a digital certificate or through the [email protected] system.

Galicia

You can request a vaccination certificate in Galicia through the PassCovid.gal app ( Android or iOS ). To register in the app you’ll need to do it through the Chave365 ID system and call your health centre for consent to access your medical history.

You can also do it through the Galician É-Saúde  public heath website, for which you’ll need either a digital certificate or your Chave365 details. The certificate can be found in the “Historia Clínica” section (Clinical History), from there go to the “Mi historia clínica SERGAS” and then in “Mi certificado COVID”  (My COVID certificate).

Here’s some more information on how to use the PassCovid.gal app or how to register in the Chave365 system .

Madrid 

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

It’s available for download on Android or 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.

Murcia

There isn’t an app available to access or download a vaccination certificate in Murcia but it is possible through the website of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia (CARM) . You will need a digital certificate or [email protected] code, however.

Navarre

You can request a vaccination certificate from Navarran health authorities though the Carpeta Personal de Salud website, accessible through a digital certificate, [email protected] system or with your health card number. 

Look for the section “Información clínica” (Clinical information) and then “Cartilla de vacunación” (Vaccination record).

This document explains in more detail the information that can be accessed on the Navarran health portal and this also may be of help to those who want to understand better how the Carpeta Personal de Salud portal works

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.

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Spain rules out EU’s advice on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination 

Spain’s Health Ministry said Thursday there will be no mandatory vaccination in the country following the European Commission’s advice to Member States to “think about it” and Germany’s announcement that it will make vaccines compulsory in February.

Spain rules out EU's advice on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination 
A Spanish man being vaccinated poses with a custom-made T-shirt showing Spain's chief epidimiologist Fernando Simón striking a 'Dirty Harry/Clint Eastwood' pose over the words "What part of keep a two-metre distance don't you understand?' Photo: José Jordan

Spain’s Health Minister Carolina Darias on Thursday told journalists Covid-19 vaccines will continue to be voluntary in Spain given the “very high awareness of the population” with regard to the benefits of vaccination.

This follows the words of European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday, urging Member States to “think about mandatory vaccination” as more cases of the Omicron variant are detected across Europe. 

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“I can understand that countries with low vaccine coverage are contemplating this and that Von der Leyen is considering opening up a debate, but in our country the situation is absolutely different,” Darias said at the press conference following her meeting with Spain’s Interterritorial Health Council.

According to the national health minister,  this was also “the general belief” of regional health leaders of each of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities she had just been in discussion with over Christmas Covid measures. 

READ MORE: Spain rules out new restrictions against Omicron variant

Almost 80 percent of Spain’s total population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a figure which is around 10 percent higher if looking at those who are eligible for the vaccine (over 12s). 

It has the highest vaccination rate among Europe’s most populous countries.

Germany announced tough new restrictions on Thursday in a bid to contain its fourth wave of Covid-19 aimed largely at the country’s unvaccinated people, with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking in favour of compulsory vaccinations, which the German parliament is due to vote on soon.

Austria has also already said it will make Covid-19 vaccines compulsory next February, Belgium is also considering it and Greece on Tuesday said it will make vaccination obligatory for those over 60.

But for Spain, strict Covid-19 vaccination rules have never been on the table, having said from the start that getting the Covid-19 jabs was voluntary. 

There’s also a huge legal implication to imposing such a rule which Spanish courts are unlikely to look on favourably. 

Stricter Covid restrictions and the country’s two states of alarm, the first resulting in a full national lockdown from March to May 2020, have both been deemed unconstitutional by Spain’s Constitutional Court. 

READ ALSO: Could Spain lock down its unvaccinated or make Covid vaccines compulsory?

The Covid-19 health pass to access indoor public spaces was also until recently consistently rejected by regional high courts for breaching fundamental rights, although judges have changed their stance favouring this Covid certificate over old Covid-19 restrictions that affect the whole population.

MAP: Which regions in Spain now require a Covid health pass for daily affairs?

“In Spain what we have to do is to continue vaccinating as we have done until now” Darias added. 

“Spaniards understand that vaccines are not only a right, they are an obligation because we protect others with them”.

What Spanish health authorities are still considering is whether to vaccinate their 5 to 11 year olds after the go-ahead from the European Medicines Agency, with regions such as Madrid claiming they will start vaccinating their young children in December despite there being no official confirmation from Spain’s Vaccine Committee yet.

READ MORE: Will Spain soon vaccinate its children under 12?

Spain’s infection rate continues to rise day by day, jumping 17 points up to 234 cases per 100,000 people on Thursday. There are now also five confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the country, one through community transmission.

Hospital bed occupancy with Covid patients has also risen slightly nationwide to 3.3 percent, as has ICU Covid occupancy which now stands at 8.4 percent, but the Spanish government insists these figures are “almost three times lower” than during previous waves of the coronavirus pandemic.

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