In February this year, the wearing of face mask outdoors in Spain has ceased to be obligatory. Later, on the 20th of April 2022, face mask indoors met the same fate. But not everyone would love to see the mask go.
Dr. Hans Kluge, World Health Organization regional director for Europe, is all praises for Spain’s handling of the COVID vaccination during his meeting with Spain’s Minister of Health Carolina Darias on 8 November. With 90% of the target population (over 12 years of age) already fully vaccinated, Spain has made quite a record. And yet, Kruger notes that the country isn’t sleeping on its laurels. Instead, "Spain, despite having a very high level of vaccination, continues to put pressure on the virus and does not give up despite the [admirable] figures" it has achieved.
Spain is staying on the fast track toward fully inoculating 70% of its population. In the "old" days of the pre-Delta variant, this meant herd immunity. But now experts think herd immunity will be raised to over 80% and doom-mongers are saying herd immunity is a pipe dream. Spain is wary of setting a date for achieving the new herd immunity. But there's no stopping the country from making that "pipe dream" come true And not in the distant future!
Spain is one of the first countries to issue and recognize the EU Digital COVID Certificate one of whose main objectives is to facilitate safe mobility and movement between EU member states. So far, 803,207 travellers have benefited from the Fast Control access route to Spain, using their Certificate in the SPTH application. At ports, 5,102 people have accessed the fast track. It's all free!