Vaccine: What is going to happen to the foreigners in Spain?Laurence Lemoine
The French people living abroad are numerous to ask if they have the right to the covid vaccine where they live: the vaccine against Covid-19 concerns almost one and a half million French people living in foreign countries (those under 18 years old are not concerned because they are not a priority), 70% of these French people are living in countries where the vaccination is possible and “internationally recognized” like: Pfeizer, Moderna and Astrazeneca vaccines to the contrary of the Russian and Chinese vaccines that are not recognized.
In Spain the number of people vaccinated with both doses barely exceeds 1 million according to the last report of the Ministry of Health and a website dedicated to this question: (https://www.vacunacovid.gob.es).
The 17 autonomous regions manage the organization and the logistic to administrate to at least 35 million people (70% of the population) the vaccine via health public centers: here the health system is different because it is divided by two: the public and the private system but for now, the doctors and private hospitals do not have the Spanish government’s permission to have stocks of vaccines or to vaccinate. This situation could change in the coming months, but for the moment there is no indication of this.
Without the SIP? No vaccine is possible?
Apparently, the health centers will call the socially insured people to fix them an appointment… But the people who are not covered by the Spanish social security (affiliated to the private security cover or without social protection cover) will they be able to be vaccinated? In principle yes, according to the declarations of political leaders, who claim to take into consideration the foreign populations living on Spanish territory. The affiliation to the system of Spanish social security could be a plus but it is only possible for those who are holders of the famous SIP, this sesame card which gives the right to a public health coverage. The European card should be valid for those who have it. For the others, the health centers will provide only for the last one residents the ones with a SIP card (officially having their residence in Spain) and those wanting to be vaccinated.
Generally speaking, in Spain, vaccination is voluntary, free of charge and a priority for certain groups such as the elderly, health and social workers, and people with disabilities or co-morbidity.
Even though the vaccine doctrines in the different countries, where they exist, are convergent, the majority of governments have not yet been able to explain in detail how to vaccinate its foreign residents. It will still take several months to find out, as the authorities themselves seem to be navigating on sight, somewhat overwhelmed by, sometimes confusing logistics.