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Where in Spain can I get vaccinated against Covid-19 without an appointment?

As Spain approaches its initial target of 70 percent full vaccination among its population, a number of regions have made it possible for residents to get vaccinated against Covid-19 without having to first book a ‘cita previa’ (prior appointment).

Where in Spain can I get vaccinated against Covid-19 without an appointment?
Where can you get a vaccine without appointment in Spain? Photo: LLUIS GENE / AFP

Almost 63 percent of the population in Spain have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, but what if you’re one of the 37 percent that still hasn’t been able to yet?

The good news is that you can get vaccinated in several Spanish regions without an appointment, making the process a lot easier.

The Canary Islands, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Andalusia and Madrid have all opened up vaccination points without a prior appointment.

Madrid

According to the Madrid Director of Public Health, Elena Andradas “Anyone (over 12 years old) without an appointment can go to two centers at night to receive the first dose, simply by presenting their DNI, NIE or the document from the Madrid Health Service (CIPA)”.

The two centres are El Hospital Enfermera Isabel Zendal from 9pm to 8am and El Wizink Centre, also from 9pm to 8am.

Andradas stressed that service is available to “anyone displaced to the Community of Madrid.” 

Catalonia

On August 10th, Catalonia announced that vaccination would be possible without a prior appointment in the region. At the end of July, there were more than 80,000 left over vaccines and not enough appointments had been booked, according to the website NIUS. The Catalan Health Department wants to make sure that they are used and “to promote vaccine strategy to increase population coverage”. Anyone over the age of 12 who has not had their first dose already can go without a prior appointment, generally from 4pm to 8pm at vaccination points across the region. These centres are in the health regions of:

  • Alt Pirineu y Aran
  • Lleida
  • Camp de Tarragona
  • Tierras del Ebro
  • Cataluña Central
  • Girona
  • Barcelona
  • Metropolitana Norte
  • Metropolitana Sur

Find out the exact centres and hours for each by following this link.

Andalusia

The Andalusian Health Services have announced that vaccines without a prior appointment are open to anyone over the age of 12 who has yet to receive their first dose and is a resident of the region, but may be holidaying in another part of Andalusia. This is available until August 22nd. You can see the list of health centres across the various Andalusian provinces here.

    Canary Islands

    The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has been vaccinating people with appointments since July 20th. Currently, the service is available to all residents over the age of 12. You can also turn up for second doses without a prior appointment too. Covid-19 vaccinations are also open to residents of other Canary Islands who may be holidaying on a different one. You can find a list of health centres offering the vaccine here. Vaccines without a prior appointment are available from Monday to Friday during set hours at each location. They are administered on a first come first serve basis, until stocks run out.

    Balearic Islands

    Vaccinations without a prior appointment are available in the Balearics until August 31st on weekdays from 4pm to 7pm and on weekends from 10am to 7pm.

    The only prior requisites are that you:

    • Are resident in the Balearic Islands and have been unable to make a reservation through the BITCITA website.
    • Are a resident of the Balearics but your situation has not yet been documented.
    • Are a resident of the Balearic Islands in a vulnerable social situation.
    • Are a resident elsewhere in Spain or the EU but is temporarily residing in the Balearics for work or family reasons and have been unable to make an appointment online.

    The authorities stress that vaccines are not open to national or international tourists. To be eligible you need to bring your TIE, DNI or green residency card. If presenting your green residency card, you also need to bring a photo ID such as your passport.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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. 

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    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.

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    “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.

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    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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