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Andalucía’s top court endorses the 'Covid passport' to access hospitals and nursing homes

The TSJA's approval of the requirement opens up the possibility for the Junta to propose its extension to nightlife venues and hospitality establishments in the region

Héctor Barbotta
HÉCTOR BARBOTTA Sevilla

The Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia (TSJA), based in Granada, has agreed this Tuesday, 7 December, to ratify the Junta’s request to make the presentation of Covid vaccination certificate or negative diagnostic test result mandatory to access to hospitals and residential nursing homes.

The regional government’s original request for the coronavirus control measure was rejected on 1 December by the TSJA because it did not specify a time limit, but the Junta resubmitted the request with a cut-off date of 15 January, 2022, for the mandatory presentation of the documents to access facilities.

The latest court ruling agreed with the regional government that the measure “is necessary in order to prevent people in hospitals and residences from becoming infected with the serious consequences that they would suffer” and decided “it is proportional because, the impact on fundamental rights is very slight in terms of its intensity".

The requirement will come into immediate effect after being published in the Junta's BOJA Official Gazette.

The approval of the measure for hospitals and nursing homes opens up the possibility for the Junta de Andalucía to propose its extension to nightlife venues and hospitality establishments.