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COVID Booster Shots and Policy in Spain

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Faye Walker

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CF 2014, CF 2018, CP 2019 from Coimbra
On the heels of the US announcement today, I poked around to see what I could find out about Spain:
Booster shots almost certain

I will hit the 8-month mark in mid February… Of course there’s no way to know what that will mean when I am on the ground, likely in Granada. I’ll be happy to pay out of pocket for a shot if needed, but I do wonder how things will roll for anyone who hits that 8-month target while on a long camino etc.

But this may easily be something for people planning a fall or winter camino to have to contend with. at this point I have no idea how it will influence travel, but it sounds like destinations will want confirmation that those hitting the 8-month point at departure have received a booster 2-3 weeks prior. And digging around different announcements, it’s sounding more and more like home countries will return to requiring self-isolation for 10-14 days after a return if one has not had a booster.

https://www.traveloffpath.com/travelers-may-need-booster-shot-for-quarantine-free-travel-in-the-uk/


So… if you fall into a priority group (underlying condition, age, immune-compromised…) talk to your local public health department and your PCP about getting a booster if you’re going to hit that 8-month timeframe in/around travel abroad. For the American residents, boosters are going to start Sept 20th (WSJ reporting as of about an hour ago).

Canada has no definitive plans yet.
 
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andycohn

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On the heels of the US announcement today, I poked around to see what I could find out about Spain:
Booster shots almost certain

I will hit the 8-month mark in mid February… Of course there’s no way to know what that will mean when I am on the ground, likely in Granada. I’ll be happy to pay out of pocket for a shot if needed, but I do wonder how things will roll for anyone who hits that 8-month target while on a long camino etc.

But this may easily be something for people planning a fall or winter camino to have to contend with. at this point I have no idea how it will influence travel, but it sounds like destinations will want confirmation that those hitting the 8-month point at departure have received a booster 2-3 weeks prior. And digging around different announcements, it’s sounding more and more like home countries will return to requiring self-isolation for 10-14 days after a return if one has not had a booster.

So… if you fall into a priority group (underlying condition, age, immune-compromised…) talk to your local public health department and your PCP about getting a booster if you’re going to hit that 8-month timeframe in/around travel abroad. For the American residents, boosters are going to start Sept 20th (WSJ reporting as of about an hour ago).

Canada has no definitive plans yet.
Faye: I thInk you're unnecessarily spreading fear among those who may be abroad when they hit the 8 month mark after vaccination. There is absolutely nothing in the article you cite, nor in today's Wall Street journal, suggesting that people who have not received the booster shot will have to quarantine when they return to the United States (or Spain, or Canada, or any other country).

If you have any information (other than your own speculation) which suggests that returning travelers need to quarantine if they hit the 8 month mark while abroad, you should cite your source specifically rather than creating paranoia and fear.
 

peregrina2000

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I think that this thread and the debate it is provoking easily falls into one or more of the categories we have labeled as off-topic. So I will close it. The rationale, as pasted in from another thread follows.

We will delete:
  1. Statements bordering on misinformation according to public health guidance.
  2. Opinion/comments for/against/about vaccines and variant transmissibility.
  3. Covid-focused opinion and rationalization of going or not going on the camino
  4. Other covid-related debates that have been thoroughly exhausted on the forum
We do think it’s important, for prospective and current walkers, to hear about what’s actually happening on the camino. But that kind of information seems like an opening for the spiral into the four topics noted above.

We know covid is going to be with us and the camino for a long time to come, but we simply cannot keep having these debates. PLEASE limit your posts to factual and pertinent information.
 
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