Coronavirus / Covid-19 Vaccines in Tenerife – Availability and Rollout
Updates below are in date order (most recent first):
Explanatory note as to availability of the vaccine
Those eligible for free Spanish state healthcare will be automatically contacted by age group by phone or text for their vaccination appointments.
As the vaccine is only available via state centres (and not privately), those with Spanish private medical insurance should contact their local public health centre and request to be registered as “esplazado en población sin Tarjeta Sanitaria Individual” (displaced individual with no health card). You should take your passport and residencia card, plus a copy of your medical insurance policy. They can then register you in the vaccine system.
Those who have neither access to Spanish state healthcare nor Spanish private medical insurance policy are most likely not eligible for the vaccine in Spain, but should check with their home insurance provider to see if anything can be done.
There are various options to obtain vaccine certification for travel etc. You can download one via the MiHistoria app (or section of the SCS website) using an identification code or your digital certificate. You can also make an appointment at your local health centre to request it. To apply online, simply click: HERE
Updated 20 July: The vaccination centre at El Mojón is no longer open due to hospital staff getting recalled to their main places of work. All those who were awaiting their 2nd vaccination in El Mojón will be redirected to a different centre. Attendees are also advised to bring a sunshade/hat and a bottle of water, to avoid overheating or dehydrating whilst queueing in the fierce summer sun.
Updated 14 July: Tenerife and Gran Canaria residents over 20 years old can now request a vaccination appointment by calling 012 or 922 470 012 (Tenerife) or 928 301 012 (Gran Canaria), or by going online HERE or via the official app. Meanwhile, over 16’s can also request their vaccination through the canariassevacuna.com website.
Updated 13 July: Residents in Lanzarote over 16 years old can now request their vaccine appointing by calling 928 478 950 between 8am and 8pm every day.
Updated 6 July: The Health Department (Sanidad Canarias) has now commenced vaccinations for 20 to 29 year olds in Tenerife and Gran Canaria. They have requested that residents in this age group who haven’t yet been vaccinated or haven’t received a date for their vaccination, to call to book an appointment on 012 or 922 470 012 (Tenerife) or 928 301 012 (Gran Canaria), or use the miCitaPrevia app on a mobile or visit the official website.
In El Hierro, meanwhile, residents over 16 years of age – born in or before 2005 – who are still unvaccinated and unappointed can just turn up to the Hospital Nuestra Señora de los Reyes for their vaccination without an appointment between 9am and 1.30pm on any day.
Updated 2 July: Any Tenerife residents between 40 and 59 who still haven’t obtained, or applied for, their vaccine simply turn up at the ‘Pabellón de Deportes de Tenerife Santiago Martín’ in Santa Cruz at any time from 8am on Sunday 4th July to 8pm on Monday 5th July. We are informed that the Janssen vaccine will be solely administered here.
Updated 29 June: Residents in El Hierro over 20 years of age who have not yet had their first vaccination can now simply show up without an appointment at Hospital Nuestra Señora de los Reyes from 9.00am to 1.30pm from Monday to Friday. Those attending shoud take their ID plus their tarjeta sanitaria health card. Meanwhile, in La Gomera, residents over 20 years old can also show up without an appointment on Wednesdays at the Centro de Visitantes de San Sebastián (between 9am and 2pm) and on Thursdays at the Puerto de Vueltas in Valle Gran Rey (from 9am to 5pm) for their covid vaccine.
Updated 22 June: Tenerife and Gran Canaria residents between 30 and 39 years old wanting an appointment for their first vaccine dose can now apply through the SCS website or via the miCitaPrevia app. The Department of Health is envisaging completion of this age group by mid July. You may even be bumped higher up the waiting list at short notice due to numerous apparent cancellations. All other age groups (i.e. between 16 and 30) can continue booking appointments via canariassevacuna.com, which will be scheduled in order of age.
Updated 17th June: Tenerife and Gran Canaria residents of 40 years or older can now book an appointment for a first covid vaccination. Patients should dial 012 or 922 470 012 (Tenerife) or 928 301 012 (Gran Canaria). You can also apply online HERE (click on the ‘cita previa’ link). There is also a ‘miSCS’ app that can be downloaded to your phone or other devices.
Update 16th June: Tenerife residents over 40 years old can now obtain an appointment for a covid vaccination if they have not already had one. Please call 012 or 922 470 012. Alternatively, you can apply HERE to make an online appointment. The website also provides information of an App you can download.
For those residents who are not registered for state healthcare, the vaccine is still not available on a private basis. However, we understand that some private health insurance providers in Spain are offering access to the vaccine, depending on the policy-holder’s level of cover.
Update 8th June 2021:
Tenerife residents over 45 years of age can now obtain their Covid vaccination. Call 012 or 922 470 012 to make an appointment.
Updated 28 May 2021:
The Canaries are one of just three regions of Spain where the under-50s are already being processed for vaccination. We join Castilla-La Mancha and the Balearics in this, with confirmation now that the new website for all over-16s to add their details to will allow the Canaries to start vaccinating those in their 40s in June, and from the beginning of July will start vaccinating those in their 30s. The 20-29 age group is expected to start receiving their inoculations from the end of July.
Update 25th April 2021
The vaccine rollout in Tenerife continues at a good pace. The vaccine rollout for the over 70’s age groups has largely been completed and is now continuing with the 60 – 69 age group. New mass-vaccination centres have now been introduced. The main locations are: Candelaria Hospital, Hospital Universitaro de Canarias, Hospital del Sur, La Laguna University, Garachico Clinic, Candelaria Technology Centre (Ctcan), La Gañania Fairgrounds in Los Realejos and most recently in the south, the Magma Arte & Congresos centre in Playa de las Americas. Various major public health centres are also offering the vaccine. The centres are operating 7 days a week from 8.30am to 7.30pm.
Capacity is currently estimated to be up to 10,000 vaccination doses per day, which will increase significantly as greater supplies of vaccines arrive towards the end of the month and into May. The current focus is on the Astra Zeneca vaccine, as it requires less stringent storage requirements than either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
It is estimated that 20% of the population of Tenerife has already received at least one vaccine dose.
The vaccine continues to be available exclusively via the Spanish national health system and is not yet available privately.
Currently Eligible citizens aged 65 and over should have already received an SMS text message inviting them to come and get the vaccine. However, for anyone in this age range who has not yet been contacted, they may call freefone number 012 to arrange an appointment.
Update: 7th January 2021
Covid-19 vaccines have been arriving in Tenerife via several shipments since late December 2020, the most recent batch arriving into Tenerife North airport on 4th January 2021.
Over 5,000 people from the most vulnerable categories have already been administered the vaccine, which will continue to be rolled out as new supplies arrive and in order of category of patient vulnerability.
At the time of writing, the vaccine is only available via the Spanish national health system and is not yet available privately. Those who are properly registered with their local medical centre for Spanish state medical care will be contacted automatically once the vaccine is available, based on their category of patient vulnerability and age group.