Proof of vaccination may be required for access to some venues and services. File photograph. / SUR

Junta wants 'Covid passport' to be required to access some venues and activities

The Minister of Health in Andalucía, Jesús Aguirre, has called for a change in the 'attitude or position' of the region's top court, the TSJA, to allow the regional government to restrict access to some health and leisure facilities only to those people who have been coronavirus jabbed

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The Junta de Andalucía’s Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre, has this Wednesday (17 November) called for a change in the "attitude or position" of the region’s top court, the TSJA, regarding the possible implementation of so-called ‘Covid passport’ in the region.

The regional government wants to restrict access only to those already vaccinated against coronavirus to certain venues and activities, because now "those who are not vaccinated are so because they do not want to be, and not because they cannot."

In answers to questions from journalists, Aguirre recalled that, when the Junta de Andalucía wanted to implement the use of the vaccination record, “the Superior Court of Andalucía argued that 100 per cent of the population had not had access to vaccination" and that, therefore, there would have been "discriminatory treatment between those who had access and those who had not. "

However, as Aguirre argued, "now everyone who wants one has access to a vaccination", which now "must change the attitude or position of the Andalusian Superior Court of Justice, since anyone who is not vaccinated is so because he doesn't want to be, not because he can't.”

The Junta de Andalucía’s Minister of Health, Jesús Aguirre. / SUR

Legal changes

The Minister of Health, believes that to make the mandatory use of the vaccination card viable "a legal modification would be ideal by central government at a national level”, something he has already requested from Spain’s National Health System Interterritorial Council."

Aguirre said he would like to see the vaccination card made compulsory "for example, to enter health and leisure facilities, certain nightlife and sports activities.”

Limited access

He added that the hoped the move would encourage those who have not been jabbed to get vaccinated, because otherwise they will have limited access to many sites”. To date there are 537,000 people in Andalucía who have not yet been vaccinated.

Jabs for children

Vaccination, Aguirre highlighted, "is still the solution", when right now "we are at a 91.2 per cent vaccination rate of the target population over 12 years old" in Andalucía, saying that he hoped that soon the European Medicines Agency will authorise the vaccination of minors between five and 11 years old so that the Junta could start giving the jabs in the schools "in mid-December."