By Sarah Keane • 19 April 2021 • 10:32
Valencia’s new Covid vaccination card: what is it and how do I use it?
THE Community of Valencia has begun issuing vaccination cards to anyone who has received the Covid jab, however, much confusion has arisen as to what exactly it is for and what the card entitles the holder to. The regional president, Ximo Puig, wanted to be exceedingly clear when he launched the system last month that the card is designed to be a kind of vaccine receipt, and stressed that it is definitely “not a passport.”
According to Spanish daily Levante, the vaccination card is issued to anyone that has received the first dose of the Covid vaccine. The hard paper document is designed to give the immunised person details about the jab manufacturer, the dose received and the specific batch that it came from, in both Spanish and Valencian. The card also contains the patient’s personal information, the date and time of the first jab and the approximate date at which the Ministry of Health will administer the second dose.
Minister of Health Ana Barceló said: “It is a proof of a purely informative nature for citizens,” the councillor pointed out.
The vaccination card also gives guidance to people after receiving their first vaccination, reminding them to continue to observe safety measures such as wearing a mask and social distancing.
While the card is reportedly available at the vaccination centres, it can also be downloaded from the coronavirus section of the official Ministry of Health website. Residents of the autonomous community who would like a copy of their record will need to enter their SIP number, the date the vaccine was administered and their date of birth. They will then be sent a security code to their mobile phone which they can use to download the document.
Mr Puig reminds recipients of the Covid vaccine that the new card “is not a passport, it does not have a valid European certificate that will allow mobility.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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