The Generalitat de Catalunya has asked the central government to study state legislation to implement the COVID passport to access bars and restaurants and cultural events. This has been explained by the Secretary of Public Health of the Government, Carmen Cabezas, who has opted for initiatives and measures to accelerate vaccination coverage once access to immunization has already been generalized to the entire young and adult population.
“We think that if the COVID passport is carried as a state strategy it could be done and we have asked for it,” said Cabezas in an interview on Catalunya Ràdio, in which he considered that a regulation from the central government would be necessary since the autonomies do not they have legal protection to carry it out, as has been confirmed by the judicial setbacks to the communities that have tried it, such as Galicia or the Canary Islands.
Last July, the Minister of Health, Josep Maria Argimon, was against allowing access to certain activities only to people who prove a complete vaccination schedule until the entire population has been immunized, as is happening in some countries like France and Italy.
Catalonia, together with the Balearic Islands and Madrid, occupies the tail wagon of vaccination. Cabezas has indicated that there are around a million people who can be vaccinated in Catalonia and they have not yet done so. To increase immunization, the department is promoting various campaigns such as phone calls, walk-in vaccinations, and walk-in vaccinations in strategic locations.
Cabezas has also placed the vaccination ceiling in Catalonia between 85 and 90% of the population over 12 years of age and has recognized that 90% of those immunized are “very ambitious”, in reference to the objective set by the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez.
Apart from the COVID passport, the Ministry of Health is studying offering discounts on cultural shows or in youth hostels to speed up vaccination, especially among young people under 30 years of age. “There is a part of the young population that thinks that nothing happens to pass COVID and that it does not go with them,” Cabezas said. Another strategy is to place vaccination points on university campuses at the start of the course.