19 Nov, 2021 @ 13:33
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Top health expert in Spain says COVID-19 certificate is not needed for hospitality businesses

Top health expert in Spain suggests no need for EU COVID-19 certificate for indoor venues due to big vaccination rate and tough mask rules
The director of the Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies Fernando Simon speaks during a press conference on the evolution of the COVID-19 convened at the Ministry of Health, on August 31, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto)

SPAIN’S top infections expert, Fernando Simon, says there’s no logic in using the EU COVID-19 certificate to enter hospitality premises, as 90% of the target population is fully vaccinated and masks have to be worn indoors.

Simon, who leads the Centre for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, spoke to reporters in Toledo on Thursday.

Some Spanish regions will use or are looking into using certificates in some locations as COVID cases have now reached over 100 per 100,000 people as a national average.

That figure is still well below Europe infection rates.

Fernando Simon said: “The certificate is a useful option in countries that have a low vaccination rate or for people travelling abroad from Spain.”

“Somebody with a certificate could go into a hospitality business in Spain but still test positive for COVID a few hours later,” he added.

Many European countries with a lower vaccine take up are using certificates or in the case of Austria, are even restoring national lockdowns and planning compulsory inoculations.

“Spain is in a very different situation compared to Eastern European countries and if the situations are not similar, then similar measures should not be applied, “ commented Simon.

He would not be drawn on offering advice for the Christmas holiday in Spain, suggesting that ‘we should see what happens in the coming weeks’.

Fernando Simon earlier this month suggested that the general distribution of booster shots might not be needed.

Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, announced on Wednesday that people aged over 60 will get a third injection, along with all health workers.

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Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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