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Vaccine against Covid-19

When can I be vaccinated?

  • The vaccination campaign started in December 2020 and has different phases which are advancing progressively depending on the vaccine types and doses available. The vaccinations currently being administered are the Pfizer/BioNTech, the Moderna/ Lonza, the Oxford/AstraZeneca and the Johnson&Johnson/Janssen.

    The order of vaccination is established according to various criteria, such as the risk of complications or death from Covid-19, the degree of exposure to the illness, the risk of transmission or being an essential worker for society.

    As more vaccines become available, the groups of the population to be vaccinated will be announced.

    Health Channel. COVID-19 vaccination calls

    Health Channel. Covid-19 vaccination campaign

    Last updated: 11/05/2021

  • Yes, the Covid-19 vaccine is free and vaccination is voluntary.

    Public Health Agency.Questions and answers on Covid-19 (Catalan)

    Last updated: 18/03/2021

  • Municipal vaccination support points provide assistance for anyone who needs help getting an appointment for a jab.

    In August and September, the following vaccination support points operate:

    CIUTAT VELLA

    • CAP Drassanes (Avinguda de les Drassanes, 17-21).

    SANTS-MONTJUÏC

    • Espai Química Joves (Carrer de la Química, 8). 

    HORTA-GUINARDÓ

    • Biblioteca Juan Marsé (Carrer de la Murtra, 135).

    NOU BARRIS

    • Biblioteca Les Roquetes (Via Favència, 288B). It works  from August 1 to September 10.

    SANT ANDREU

    • Biblioteca Bon Pastor (Carrer d’Estadella, 64). 
    • Centre cívic Baró de Viver (Carrer de Quito, 8-10). 
    • Biblioteca Trinitat Vella (Carrer de Galícia, 16). 

    SANT MARTÍ

    • Centre cívic Besòs (Rambla Prim, 87). Only works in August.
    • CAP La Pau (carrer de Pere Vergés, 3). It runs until August 13th.

    Last updated: 30/07/2021

  • If you received your first jab at your Primary Healthcare Centre (CAP), the same centre will contact you for the second dose.

    If you received your first jab at another vaccination point, you will get an SMS with the date, time and place for the second dose. If you do not receive the SMS, contact your medical team or access La meva salut (catalan) to book an appointment.

    Health Channel.How is the call for the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine being organised?

    Last updated: 06/07/2021

  • People born in 1962 or after that received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, can ask for the second dose at vacunacovidsalut.cat (Spanish).

    Further information

    Last updated: 26/07/2021

     

  • The vaccination campaign with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has begun for people aged between 12 and 15. 

    If you were born between 2006 and 2009 you can now request an appointment at vacunacovidsalut.cat (Spanish). If you were born in 2009 you will need to be 12 years old to receive a vaccination.

    You may also receive an SMS redirecting you to the website vacunacovidsalut.cat (Spanish) so that you can book a date, time and place to get vaccinated.

    You will also need to be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian for your vaccination. You will have to produce your healthcare card, together with your national ID (DNI), foreign-national identity number (NIE) or passport as well as the text message confirming your appointment.

    Call for vaccinations for people born between 2006 and 2009

    Last updated 04/08/2021

  • The vaccination campaign with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has begun for people aged between 16 and 29. 

    If you were born between 1992 and 2005 you can now request an appointment at vacunacovidsalut.cat (Spanish). 

    You may also receive an SMS redirecting you to the website vacunacovidsalut.cat (Spanish) so that you can book a date, time and place to get vaccinated. 

    When you go for your vaccination, you will need to produce your healthcare card together with your national ID (DNI), foreign-national identity number (NIE) or passport, as well as the text message confirming your appointment.

    Call for vaccinations for people born between 1992 and 2005

    Last updated 06/07/2021

  • The vaccination campaign with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has begun for people aged between 30 and 39. 

    If you were born between 1982 and 1991, you will be able to receive a text message (SMS) redirecting you to an app you can use for booking the time, day and place of your vaccination. 

    You can also book an appointment for a vaccine from thwe vacunacovidsalut.cat (Spanish) website.

    When you go for your vaccination, you will need to produce your healthcare card together with your national ID (DNI), foreign-national identity number (NIE) or passport, as well as the text message confirming your appointment.

    Call for vaccinations for people born between 1982 and 1986

    Last updated 28/06/2021

  • The vaccination campaign with the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines has begun for people aged between 40 and 49. 

    If you were born between 1972 and 1981, you will be able to receive a text message (SMS) redirecting you to an app you can use for booking the time, day and place of your vaccination. 

    You can also book an appointment for a vaccine from the vacunacovidsalut.cat (Spanish) website.

    When you go for your vaccination, you will need to produce your healthcare card together with your national ID (DNI), foreign-national identity number (NIE) or passport, as well as the text message confirming your appointment.

    Call for vaccinations for people born between 1972 and 1981

    Last updated 11/06/2021

  • The vaccination campaign with the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines has begun for people aged between 50 and 59. 

    If you were born between 1962 and 1971, you will be able to receive a text message (SMS) redirecting you to an app you can use for booking the time, day and place of your vaccination. 

    You can also book an appointment for a vaccine from thwe vacunacovidsalut.cat (Spanish) website.

    When you go for your vaccination, you will need to produce your healthcare card together with your national ID (DNI), foreign-national identity number (NIE) or passport, as well as the text message confirming your appointment.

    Call for vaccinations for people born between 1962 and 1971

    Last updated 02/07/2021

  • The vaccination campaign with the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines has begun for people aged between 60 and 69. 

    If you were born between 1952 and 1961, you will be able to receive a text message (SMS) redirecting you to an app you can use for booking the time, day and place of your vaccination. 

    You can also book an appointment for a vaccine from the vacunacovidsalut.cat (Spanish) website.

    When you go for your vaccination, you will need to produce your healthcare card together with  your national ID (DNI), foreign-national identity number (NIE) or passport, as well as the text message confirming your appointment.

    Call for vaccinations for people born between 1952 and 1961

    Last updated: 14/06/2021

  • The vaccination campaign with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has begun for people aged between 70 and 79.

    If you belong to that age bracket, your Primary Health Centre (CAP) will let you know the day, time and place of your vaccination.

    You can also book an appointment for a vaccine from the vacunacovidsalut.cat (Spanish) website.

    When you go for your vaccination, you will need to show your healthcare card together with your national ID (DNI), foreign-national identity number (NIE) or passport.

    Call for vaccinations for people born between 1942 and 1951

    Last updated: 05/07/2021

  • The vaccination campaign with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines has begun for people born before 1941.

    If you are 80 years old or over, your Primary Health Centre (CAP) will let you know the day, time and place of your vaccination. 

    You must show your health card together with your DNI, NIE or passport.

    Call for vaccinations for people born before 1941

    Last updated: 09/06/2021

  • If you are born in 1962 or after and you received your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the call for the second dose is going. Further information in this link.

    The AstraZeneca vaccine is being administered to the following essential professionals:

    • All school staff. 
    • Mossos d’Esquadra, local police officers, Guàrdia Urbana, the Civil Defence, and Home Care Service and Prison Service workers.

    Anyone born between 1952 and 1961 is eligible for vaccination, provided they have not been vaccinated during the first vaccination call for essential professionals, they have not had Covid-19 in the last 6 months and they are not a positive case or a narrow case at the time of vaccination.

    Call for the vaccination of essential professionals 

    Last updated: 23/07/2021

  • This call is aimed at staff from the following professional associations who have not yet been vaccinated but who are active and work in face-to-face contact with patients: dentists, hygienists, physiotherapists, pharmacists and pharmacy assistants, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, opticians, optometrists, dental technicians, speech therapists, veterinarians, nutritionists, chiropodists and healthcare students.

    The following people can be vaccinated:

    • Anyone not vaccinated during the first vaccination call for essential professionals.
    • Anyone who has not been infected with Covid-19 during the last six months.
    • Anyone who has not tested positive or has not been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 at the time of their vaccination.

    If you are under the age of 60 and have already received your first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the period for requesting your second dose is now open.

    Call for vaccinations for healthcare and social care staff

    Last updated: 26/07/2021

  • The vaccination programme for people who need the help of others to go about their daily lives is ongoing with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

    The primary health care teams (EAP) will let you know the day, time and place of your vaccination. Carers will also be vaccinated.

    You must show your health card together with your DNI, NIE or passport.

    Call for the vaccination of people in a situation of dependency

    Last updated: 10/06/2021

  • The vaccination programme for people who have had an organ transplant or who are on the waiting list for a transplant is ongoing with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

    The hospital you usually go to will let you know when your appointment is, most likely by telephone. The vaccine will be administered at the same hospital.

    You must show your health card together with your DNI, NIE or passport.

    Call for the vaccination of people who have had an organ transplant

    Last updated: 10/06/2021

  • Displaced persons residing in Catalonia who do not have an individual health card (TSI) or identification document for healthcare cover can go to a primary healthcare centre (CAP) for vaccinations.

    Consult the CAP that corresponds to your home address. 

    Last updated: 08/06/2021

  • The Generalitat de Catalunya has published a guide about the Covid-19 vaccination in order to answer any questions you may have about this process: how to book an appointment, the documentation needed to get vaccinated, what the vaccination will be like and everything you need to take into account once you have been vaccinated.

    The guide has been published in Catalan and will soon be available in various languages.

    Covid-19 vaccination guide

    Last updated 27/04/2021

After I have had the vaccine

  • Yes. The vaccine protects the person who has been vaccinated against the disease, but they could still carry the virus in the nose and throat. This means that there is a risk they may infect the people around them, although that risk is much lower than it is for someone suffering from the disease.

    This is why it is necessary to continue to take preventive measures against Covid-19: face mask, social distancing, hand washing and adequate ventilation.

    Health Channel. Social interaction

    Last updated: 05/07/2021

  • The Digital COVID Certificate is a document for facilitating safer journeys through the European Union.

    The document verifies that a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, has tested negative for the virus o has recovered from it. 

    It includes these three certification options:

    • Certificate of vaccination against Covid-19.
    • Certificate of recovery from Covid-19.
    • Certificate of testing negative for Covid-19.

    The certificate can be downloaded from the La Meva Salut portal. 

    EU Digital Covid Certificate

    Last updated 30/07/2021

Questions and answers on the vaccines

  • The Covid-19 vaccines have been approved by the regulatory agencies and comply with the two basic specifications for their administration and distribution: safety and efficiency.

    Previous research into vaccines against other coronaviruses has been built on to tackle the current emergency situation. A huge economic investment has been made and some of the phases of the process have overlapped. For example, the vaccine started to be produced while the last effectiveness trials were still being conducted. This is how the development process has been so fast. Nonetheless, the vaccines approved by the medical regulatory agencies have gone through the same research and safety phases as any other medication.

    Health Channel.Research and safety

    Last updated: 18/03/2021

  • Like all medication, the vaccines can have side effects. The most frequent among some people who have had the Covid-19 vaccine are pain in the arm where the vaccine was given, headache, feeling sick and low-grade fever. These symptoms are mild and usually last just a few days.

    Like all other vaccines and medicines, monitoring of their safety is ongoing even once they have been approved by the regulatory bodies (EMA and AEMPS).

    This is why it is important to notify your usual healthcare worker if you have any adverse or unwanted effects.

    Health Channel. Frequently asked questions about safety and possible side-effects

    Public Health Agency.Questions and answers on Covid-19 (Catalan)

    Last updated: 18/03/2021

  • The vaccine is not advised in the following cases:

    • People who have had an immediate hypersensitive reaction (such as anaphylaxis) or allergic reaction, be it serious or mild, to a previous dose of a Covid-19 vaccine or any of its components.
    • People with a previous history of serious allergic reactions. The medical teams must evaluate the risk conditions of each situation they encounter.

    In any case, you must tell the health worker who is administering the vaccine if you have any allergies.

    Health Channel. Vaccination planning and the prioritisation of citizens

    Health Channel. Covid-19 vaccines

    Last updated: 18/03/2021

  • In Catalonia, the vaccines being administered are those produced by Pfizer/BioNTech (approved in December 2020), Moderna/Lonza (approved in January 2021), Oxford/AstraZeneca (approved in January 2021) and the Johnson&Johnson/Janssen (approved in March 2021).

    Pfizer and Moderna vaccines based on relatively new technologies such as viral vectors and genetic material. AstraZeneca and Janssen use a genetically modified weakened virus.

    Health Channel.The Covid-19 vaccines

    Health Channel. Vaccination campaign and vaccines.

    Last updated: 26/07/2021

  • Yes, the three vaccines authorised in Europe protect against the most frequent variants in Europe.

    More information is available on the European Medical Agency (EMA) website:

    Adapting COVID-19 vaccines to SARS-CoV-2 variants: guidance for vaccine manufacturers

    Last updated: 06/07/2021

     

  • At the moment, the length of the immunity given by the vaccines is unknown. The effectiveness of the different vaccines is being monitored on an ongoing basis all over the world.

    Even though the vaccine has started to be given, current recommendations (face mask, hand washing, safe distances between people and ventilation) must be adhered to until herd immunity has been achieved.

    Public Health Agency.Questions and answers on Covid-19 (Catalan)

    Last updated: 18/03/2021

Questions and answers on the vaccine

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