Covid card in Madrid: what it is, what it is for, how to get it and when it will be available

The ‘Covid primer’ to indicate people with antibodies is back in the Community of Madrid. The project, presented last July and scheduled for September, will finally come into force “in the next few days.” It’s about a informative document that is achieved through “A dump in the virtual health card” of the diagnostic data of the patient who has undergone these tests, both in the public health system and in private laboratories.

As the general director of Public Health, Elena Andradas, clarified this Friday, the booklet is “a integration of clinical information via mobile phone with the virtual health card which is confidential to the person. Now the SARS-CoV-2 test results and they will appear in a totally individualized way, like the rest of the information ”.

What is it for?

When the tool was presented in July, the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, stated that its mission was to “Show who at this time can not infect or be infected” and they can return to a “certain normality”, in order to “avoid confinement”, and that these people can access gyms, museums, cinemas or any enclosed area. “I consider that It is time to give names and surnames to those who have overcome the coronavirus and he does not see that this is discriminatory with the rest, “he said. However, this option has been scrapped and the project has been watered down to avoid the controversy it caused.

Now the primer it will not be an immunity passport, but rather a record. It will be purely informative and useful for those who have it when traveling. “The only thing you want is to have updated information of people, who have undergone tests, PCR or rapid tests, with the date and the result, so that it is available to the health services of the Community of Madrid and for citizen use, if you consider it appropriate. Will not give privileges to anyone”, Recently explained the regional vice president, Ignacio Aguado.

In this way, the intention is that the cardholder, if he wishes, You can prove that you have a negative PCR result before traveling through your mobile. Information that must be given voluntarily and may not be required, since they are personal data. New functions of this tool will be announced soon, according to Andradas.

When and how can it be achieved?

The ‘Covid primer’ will be available “soon”Although the authorities have not yet announced a set date. To achieve it, citizens must download the virtual health card app and later go to a health center to activate it. You can also do enforcing a QR code or calling 900 102 112.

The WHO advised against this measure

The idea of ​​the ‘Covid card’, as well as other immunity certificates’, did not occur only to Madrid, since countries like Germany or Israel it was proposed at the beginning of the pandemic. However, it was not implemented due to its lack of stability and the recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) not to use these systems. In April, the agency issued a statement outlining the problems that the “false positives” and “false negatives”, as well as the possibility that, in the time that passes between the completion of the test and the moment in which the card is used, the holder may become infected and infect others.

Furthermore, WHO recognized at the time that such a measure could not be safely implemented because “There is no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.” At the end of the statement, the organization assured that would update the report “As new evidence becomes available.” But nevertheless, not done yet, despite the fact that it has recently been shown that antibodies can last for months in our body.