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Patient receiving the Covid-19 vaccine When Will Foreigners In Spain Be Vaccinated For Covid-19? Expat Tips

As Spain’s vaccination program continues to gather pace, many of the 5 million foreigners living in the country will have questions based on their own personal circumstances.

Every day, we are receiving calls from our customers asking us when they will be contacted about their vaccine and whether or not they will even be eligible to receive one.

Others are worried that they will slip through the cracks and be overlooked due to not being registered with the Spanish health authorities.

Below we answer as many of your questions as we can, given the information we currently have available from the Ministry of Health.

Can I get a vaccine?

Yes. The Spanish authorities have already made it quite clear that regardless of their nationality or the type of health insurance they have, everyone resident in Spain will be eligible to receive a vaccine.

They have emphasised that no distinction will be made between citizens and non-citizens and have pledged to vaccinate everyone in the country, regardless of their legal status and whether or not they are registered within the health and social security systems.

It is important to understand that the vaccination campaign is being coordinated by the Spanish government and the public health authorities.

Private health insurance companies will not be independently administering vaccines to their customers.

Is there a waiting list?

No. A number of rumours have been circulating online that there is/was some kind of waiting list for people to be vaccinated. This is not true and has been debunked by some regional authorities including the Valencian regional government who said:

There is no such list. Those who are eligible for a vaccine will be vaccinated according to the risk group they belong to, as per the wider vaccine rollout,” they insisted.

How will I be contacted?

This is where things become a little hazy.

As of yet, there is no clear indication as to how people will be contacted in order to be vaccinated, however, you can be sure that the vaccine will be undertaken by the regional health authority where you reside.

People have been advised to contact their local health centre and register with them regardless of whether they are entitled to free healthcare or have private health insurance.

Please see the section on this page with details of where you can register by phone and online depending on the region you are in.

Due to the pandemic, you are advised to contact them via telephone to make an appointment to register.

In most cases, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Your passport (Take the original and a photocopy or two)
  • Your residence document (Either the green A4 certificate or the new TIE if you have one. (Take the original and photocopies)
  • Padron certificate - Certificado de Empadronamiento (Take the original and photocopies)
  • If you wish to register your children, you will need to take their birth certificates, although they should not need to be present. (Originals and photocopies)

You are advised to keep checking the health authority announcements for your particular region online as each of Spain’s regional government’s will be responsible for coordinating the vaccination rollout within their community.

You can find a full list of local health centres for each region via the following official health ministry page.

https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/ciudadanos/centrosCA.do?metodo=busquedaCa

Select "Búsqueda en Catálogo Centros de Atención Primaria del SNS" and click "Consultar".

Then choose your region on the interactive map.

When will I be contacted?

The health authorities aim to have 70% of the country’s 47 million citizens vaccinated by the summer, however, at the current rate this most likely will not be achieved.

At the moment, both stage 1 and stage 2 priority groups are in the process of being vaccinated. This includes care home staff/residents and front-line healthcare workers.

Stage 2 groups include the over 80s, healthcare workers under the age of 56, those between 70 and 79, those between 60 and 69, people under 60 who are characterised as being more at risk, people between 56 and 59 and those between 45 and 55.

Those who are older and those who are considered high-risk will understandably be prioritised.

Stage 3 is the final stage and incorporates all other groups. This stage is currently ‘pending’.

The speed at which people will be contacted will very much depend on the region and the availability of the vaccines for each region.

Further information on vaccination progress can be found at https://www.vacunacovid.gob.es/

The Ministry of Health Tweet daily with stats and figures including vaccination progress via their Twitter feed. https://twitter.com/sanidadgob

Which vaccine will I receive?

Since the vaccination rollout began on December 27, 2020, Spain has been administering a number of vaccines. These are:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca

All of the vaccines have been authorised by the European Commission and have been approved by the EMA (European Medicines Agency), however, each vaccine is different in terms of efficacy, logistics and will be administered to different groups depending on their availability.

At the bottom of the following official page, you can see a full list of the different vaccines and which groups will be vaccinated with them.

https://www.vacunacovid.gob.es/preguntas-y-respuestas/cuando-me-vacuno

REGISTERING FOR VACCINATIONS

The following list has been provided by the British Embassy in Spain. It offers official links to pages where those who are not registered for state healthcare may apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Andalucia

Visit the following web page to register - https://www.sspa.juntadeandalucia.es/servicioandaluzdesalud/archivo-comunicado/alta-en-bdu-para-vacunacion-covid-19-extranjeros-y-espanoles-no-mutualistas-privados

Further information for Andalucia can be found here https://www.andavac.es/campanas/covid/

Balearic Islands

Please call 971 211 999 to register.

The following information provides further information on the vaccine program in the Balearic Islands - https://www.ibsalut.es/vacuna-covid-19

Cataluña

To receive the vaccination in Cataluña, you will need to first make sure you are registered on the padron. You will then need to register with the public health system and obtain your TSI (Tarjeta Sanitaria Individual) card. You can do this via the following official web page.

https://catsalut.gencat.cat/ca/coneix-catsalut/acces-sistema-salut/la-tsi/obtencio-tsi/index.html

Note: We have been advised that when calling, you may be asked to visit your local CatSalut office in order to register for the vaccine.

Murcía

If you are in the Murcía region, you can register online at https://portalsalud.carm.es/portalsalud/principal/inicio#inicio

Madrid

To register for the vaccine, please call 900 102 112. For more information see: https://www.comunidad.madrid/servicios/salud/coronavirus

Valencia Region (Comunidad Valenciana)

You will need to visit your local health centre to register. You will be given a provisional health card to cover the vaccination and any other public health needs.

Andorra

If you are in Andorra, you can find further details at https://www.salut.ad/preinscripcio-vacuna-covid19/

The following links and information are courtesy of thelocal.es

Canary Islands

If you would like to register for your vaccine you will need to call 900 112 061. For further information visit the following official page. https://www3.gobiernodecanarias.org/sanidad/scs/contenidoGenerico.jsp?idDocument=c6332147-5728-11eb-8a2c-c902a217e6a5&idCarpeta=e01092c2-7d66-11ea-871d-cb574c2473a4

Castilla y León

To register for your vaccine or for other vaccine information please call 900 222 000.

Castilla-La Mancha

For more information on how to register for your vaccine, please call 925 248 367. For more questions, you can also e-mail the following address: dgsp.vacunas@jccm.es.

Asturias

Call 984 016 114 to register for the vaccine. You can also find further information by visiting the following official page. https://www.astursalud.es/noticias/-/noticias/programa-de-vacunacion-covid-19

If you haven’t been contacted for your vaccine when your group is called up, you can leave your details with the number above and someone will get back to you.

Basque Country

You will need to make sure you are registered with your local health authority. You will be notified by text when your group is ready to be vaccinated.

You can find out more about the Basque Country’s vaccination campaign here https://www.euskadi.eus/vacuna-frente-a-la-covid-19/web01-a3txerto/es/ or here: https://www.osakidetza.euskadi.eus/inicio/

Galicia

To register for your vaccine, please call 981 569 540. For more information about the vaccine process in Galicia visit the following web page. https://www.sergas.es/Saude-publica/Vacina-COVID?idioma=es

Galician health authorities have told residents to make sure the contact details associated with their health card are up to date. If not, you can update them here: https://www.sergas.es/Tarxeta-sanitaria?idioma=es

If you are not eligible for public health care you can visit this web page for help: https://www.sergas.es/Asistencia-sanitaria/Documents/1372/instruci%C3%B3n%2010.21%20castellano%20con%20anexo%20firmada.pdf

If your group has been called, but you have not yet been contacted and are not registered, please call 881 002 021.

Aragón

You will need to call 948 370 120 to register. For more information on the regions vaccination campaign, please visit https://www.aragon.es/-/calendario-de-vacunacion-de-covid-19-en-aragon or https://www.saludinforma.es/portalsi/web/salud/inicio

Navarra

All the information you need on how to register for the vaccine can be found via the region’s online health portal here: https://coronavirus.navarra.es/es/

If you have any other questions you can e-mail: vacunacion@navarra.es or txertaketa@navarra.es

Cantabria

The information on registering for your vaccine can be found here: https://www.scsalud.es/coronavirus-vacunas-ciudadanos or by calling them on 900 612 112.

If you have private health insurance, they say not to worry and that they will call you via your padrón details when your group comes up for vaccination

Extremadura

To register for your vaccine, please call 900 100 737. More vaccination information from the Extremadura Salud service can be found here: https://saludextremadura.ses.es/web/

If you have private health insurance, they say to get in contact with your local health centre when your group is called and show your ID card to prove your age.

La Rioja

To register for your vaccine please call 941 298 333. To find out when your group is called up, please visit. https://www.riojasalud.es/salud-publicaconsumo/epidemiologia/alertasepidemiologicas/vacunacion-prevista-para-esta-semana