Boris Johnson 'needs to step up for British expats' says expert
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The vaccination rollout is moving forward at different paces countries around the world. Although UK citizens are entitled to their COVID-19 vaccine via the NHS, for expats living in different countries, such as Spain, the process is a little different.
Spain is among the most popular countries in the world for British expats to relocate to, thanks to its gorgeous climate and laid back lifestyle.
In a bid to help UK citizens living overseas, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has issued updates on its travel advice pages regarding how to access the Covid jab in various countries.
In Spain, the FCDO advises British residents to obtain their vaccines in the country where they live.
This means, if they reside in Spain full time, it is best to try and access the inoculation from their local health authority.
The Spanish national vaccination programme started in December 2020 and is using the AstraZeneca, Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.
According to the FCDO: “British nationals resident in Spain are eligible for vaccination.
“Spain operates its health system regionally, therefore the way people access the vaccine will differ depending on where you live.”
Those who are registered for healthcare in Spain should be contacted directly by their regional health service.
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They will then be able to book an appointment.
However, Britons living in Spain who are not registered for healthcare are still eligible for their jab.
Each regional health authority has issued its own instructions as to how unregistered locals can book their appointment.
In some cases, the FCDO explains Britons can sign up to the vaccine list in their region as a “temporary” patient. This is known as “alta temporal”.
The FCDO warns that some regional information from the Spanish authorities is “subject to change” and advises certain insights may only be available in Spanish.
It adds: “If you’re a British national living in Spain, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider.
“Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.”
What are the latest vaccination updates across Spain for expats?
Britons living in Andalusia are advised to visit the region’s health service website for details on how to register for the vaccine.
Expats are advised to visit their local health enter and request a “código de identificación autonómico”, also known as an AR code.
Once obtained, they will be able to book an appointment online
British expats are advised to visit their local health centre to register for the vaccine.
Expats are instructed to call 971 211 999 to register for the vaccine. More information is available from the Balearic Islands health service website.
British expats are advised to go to their local health centre to register contact details.
They will be required to show identification documentation such as a passport and a padrón certificate to demonstrate that they are a resident in the Canary Islands.
Once registered, they will be issued an appointment for the vaccine/
Castilla La Mancha
Expats can register for the vaccine by e-mailing [email protected] with their personal details, including your name, date of birth, full current address, passport or NIE number and a copy of their padrón certificate if available.
Alternatively, they can also register by calling 925 24 83 67.
Castilla y Leon
British expats can visit one of the regional vaccination hubs. No appointment is necessary. They should show their passport, residency documents or TIE, and padrón certificate.
British expats should apply for a ‘basic’ health card first. Once they have received this they can book a vaccine appointment.
Those living in Galcia can call 881 002 021 to register for the vaccine.
British expats should register for the vaccine by emailing [email protected] with their personal details including full name, NIE number, date of birth and mobile telephone number.
Those in the Madrid region should call 900 102 112 to register for the vaccine.
British expats living in this region are advised to register online for the vaccine at Murcia’s health service website or call 900 121 212.
Expats can visit their local health centre with their identification documentation and book an appointment with a social worker.
Britons can register for their jab at the local health centre.
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