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Health service urges over-80s in Andalucía to come forward to get Covid jabs, and tells private patients to register

Health service urges over-80s in Andalucía to come forward to get Covid jabs, and tells private patients to register
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  • Anyone over 80 who has not yet been invited for a jab should get in touch with their health centre; unregistered private patients need to fill in a form to be included in the vaccination programme

The Junta de Andalucía regional government is asking those who are over 80 years old and have not yet received a Covid-19 vaccination to get in contact with their local health centre.

It has also asked residents with private health cover who do not use the public health service to register in order to be included in the vaccination programme.

Over-80s

The aim of the Andalusian government, which is responsible for public health, is that by 10 April all over-80s in the region will have been called to receive at least their first dose of the vaccine.

Speaking in Seville on Monday, regional president Juanma Moreno said, "There are still eight per cent of those over 80 to vaccinate, but it's not easy to locate them as many of them don't have a mobile phone or they live in isolated areas and it's difficult to contact their relatives. But we are doing everything we can to find them.”

To this end, a publicity campaign has been launched and special phone numbers have been set up in two health districts. Those in the Malaga and Guadalhorce health district who are over 80 and are yet to be invited for their vaccination, are urged to call 669 833 050. In the Axarquía health district, the number is 660 592 549. The lines are open from 8am to 3pm, but text messages can be sent to the numbers and the health service will return the call.

In the case of other health districts, users are urged to call their health centres directly.

Private health arrangements

In the case of those with private health cover and not registered with the Andalusian health service - the majority of them foreign nationals - the Junta is also keen to ensure that no one misses out on a vaccine.

"People who are not already on the public health database must register in order to be included in the vaccination process," the Junta has said. "These are usually foreigners who have never been treated in the Andalusian Public Health System, and who use private healthcare providers."

In order to complete registration follow this link and click on the form (Formulario simplificado para solicitud de alta). This must be downloaded, completed and handed in to a public health centre.

Registering on the health service's user database (or BDU) for vaccination purposes "does not imply a right to the rest of the public health services", stresses the authority.