By Tamsin Brown • 23 December 2021 • 11:16
COVID Passport admin is pushing the already overburdened health centres to breaking point, with many complaints from users having to face long queues.
The usual ailments, the pandemic, the increase in covid cases, contact-tracing, PCR tests, booster shots for over-60s, the first dose for children, and now… the COVID Passport. Health centres cannot cope. Long queues can be seen outside multiple health centres in different locations, even when the sky is grey and it may rain at any moment.
Administrative issues related to the COVID Passport, without which it is not possible to enter any restaurant or bar in Andalucia, is pushing already overburdened health centres to breaking point. Although the COVID Passport can be downloaded from the application Salud Andalucía or from the website ClicSalud+, both systems have been paralysed by the increased demand.
“It’s outrageous to have to wait in these queues,” complained Francisco, who was waiting in line at the Trinidad-Perchel health centre because he wanted an appointment with his GP, to the newspaper Málaga Hoy. There were around 30 people waiting in the queue, including an elderly woman with chest pain, leaning on her walking frame; a woman with a baby in a pram waiting for a PCR test for herself, her husband and her baby; a woman wanting an appointment for the booster shot; and many others, who were unable to download the COVID Passport.
“I tried to download it from the internet. I tried and tried, but I couldn’t do it. So here I am, waiting… because you can’t go anywhere for a coffee without that document,” said one of the people waiting.
As the cases increase, not only are health clinics at full capacity with patients, but they must also deal with administration, such as giving doctor’s notes for time off work, which must come from a GP. To top it all off, the increase in coronavirus cases coincides with the increase in colds and flu, and also with reduced staff numbers due to holidays taken over Christmas.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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