Junta is in favour of vaccinating national tourists who holiday in Andalucía this summer

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  • Some Spanish regions have even suggested extending this proposal to international tourists as a way of encouraging holidaymakers

Andalucía is willing to vaccinate national tourists who holiday in the region this summer, the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, has said.

Madrid, the Valencia region, the Balearic Islands, Castilla-La Mancha, Cantabria and Galicia have also said they are in favour of vaccinating people from other regions and even international tourists as a method of encouraging holidaymakers - although they have asked the State for some kind of compensation.

The Junta’s head, Juanma Moreno, said this week that the Andalusian regional government is studying the possibility of vaccinating national tourists who spend their holidays in the area and that it is"willing" to do so although he recognised that it requires "a lot of effort" and a great deal of "special logistics".

Regarding the Andalusians who are going to spend their summer outside the region, he reassured them that they will not forfeit their dose of a vaccine, if called, and will be able to postpone their appointment.

The regions most in favour of the proposal to vaccinate national tourists have asked central government to take this into account when distributing the vaccines and to establish a "national protocol" that sets the guidelines for the process.

The Valencian region is one of the most keen on this idea and is already vaccinating those away from home, both with their first and second doses.

In the Balearic Islands, the health service’s general director, Juli Fuster, said they will give a second dose of a vaccine to those who travel to the islands to work this summer. Regarding the vaccination of tourists, he said that they are "open to any suggestions".

The president of the Xunta de Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has repeatedly called for the vaccination of tourists, including international ones, so that it is an attraction to encourage holidaymakers. Regarding the vaccination of foreign tourists, he has said that although he considered it desirable, he recognises that there are not enough doses at the moment to complete the vaccination of target population in Spain.

Cantabria has also agreed to vaccinate those who are on vacation in the region this summer, but will request "compensation" from the Ministry of Health so that the measure does not detract from the vaccination schedule for Cantabrians.

But there are still some regions, including Navarra and the Basque Country, that remain unconvinced about the tourist vaccination strategy.