Starting tomorrow, the province of Buenos Aires will require a health pass to travel by medium and long-distance buses and buses.

January 26, 2022

In movie theaters they already require the sanitary pass (File photo: Mey Romero)

The Buenos Aires government made official today, through a resolution published in the official gazette, the obligation to present a health pass to use intercity, medium and long-distance public passenger transport. The measure had been announced in recent days by the Minister of Transport, Jorge D’Onofrio.

“We work to implement (the health pass) in medium and long-distance groups because we understand that it is a space with considerable epidemiological risk, where almost 50 people share a closed space, for several hours and most of the time with air conditioning. switched on. For this reason, knowing that one shares that space and with those conditions, with vaccinated people, gives you more peace of mind and knows that in the event of an eventual contagion, the transit through the disease can be milder, ”they indicated from the government of Axel Kicillo.

In article 1 of the aforementioned resolution, the following is provided: “Establish the “Covid free pass” as a mandatory requirement for the use of public passenger transport services by motor vehicle, of a regular and/or specialized nature, surrounding the Autonomous City. of Buenos Aires (medium distance) and interurban and/or rural long distance services, in addition to complying with the protocols, recommendations and instructions of the health authorities”.

The new protocol for public transport will govern from tomorrow (Adrián Escandar)
The new protocol for public transport will govern from tomorrow (Adrián Escandar)

It will consist of the accreditation, by all people over thirteen (13) years of age, of at least two doses of the vaccine against COVID-19, either through the “VacunatePBA” App, the “Mi Argentina” App or the vaccination card in cardboard or card format”, is expanded in the text.

Until now, the province of Buenos Aires exceeds the 95% of the population vaccinated with the first dose and 83% with both applications. Although last week the Minister of Health of the Nation, Carla Vizzotti, had assured that the conditions are not yet in place to include the COVID-19 vaccines in the mandatory calendar, more and more institutions are requiring the health pass. This week, Infobae announced that three public universities will request the certificate from their students and there are others that are evaluating adopting similar measures.

D’Onofrio, in a television interview, also said that the pass should also be applied in schools to force families who have not yet done so to vaccinate their children, although that decision will not depend on his wallet.

In Buenos Aires, this Covid Free Pass has been in force since the end of December for people over 13 years of age who wish to enter massive events and closed spaces. In the first weeks, it was implemented especially in public and private offices -for example, banks- where various procedures are carried out. Some supermarkets also did pilot tests.

A long-distance bus entering the Retiro terminal (Maximilian Luna)
A long-distance bus entering the Retiro terminal (Maximilian Luna)

The impact of the measure aims not only to reduce the number of infections due to the coronavirus pandemic, but also to increase the number of people vaccinated against the virus. SARS-CoV-2 virus that shot up especially in Argentina in this 2022 due to the presence of the Omicron variant.

People they must have their schedule of two doses of any of the vaccines or with the first application in case the interval established by the health authorities to apply the second has not expired. this period varies by inoculant which is received first. Thus, those who have been vaccinated with the development of Russian origin satellite, that of the British pharmaceutical AstraZeneca or the American Pfizer they must wait eight weeks for the second application. And in case of having been inoculated with the china Sinopharm the interval time will be three weeks.

One of the units of line 159, which connects the district of Berazategui, in the southern area of ​​the suburbs, with the city of Buenos Aires (TELAM)
One of the units of line 159, which connects the district of Berazategui, in the southern area of ​​the suburbs, with the city of Buenos Aires (TELAM)

How to carry out the procedure to obtain the sanitary pass

Although the vaccination certificate or card issued at the time of inoculation can be presented; It can also be obtained digitally. For this, it is necessary to download one of these apps on the cell phone: My Argentina The Get vaccinated Buenos Aires. Once the personal data is completed, all the vaccinations against COVID-19 appear on the screen. People who want to use only the physical card do not need to download any app to the phone.

It is important to note that the document can be downloaded in PDF format, so it does not require an internet connection.

1- Enter the mobile application store, search My Argentina and download it.

2- Enter to “create Account” to register.

3 – Registration can be done in two ways: scan the DNI or manually complete the form.

4 – There is going to be a email to activate the account. It does Click the green button and you’re done. That completes the registration.

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