Spain’s Minister of Health Salvador Illa categorically rules out any compulsory vaccination. But his country plans to electronically record vaccination refusals. He wants to share the data with his European colleagues.
Spanish authorities are planning a register with the names of people who have turned down the offer of vaccination against the novel coronavirus. The register is not publicly available, but will be passed on to other European countries, said the Spanish health minister Salvador Illa on Monday in an interview with the television channel La Sexta.
The authorities would act “with the utmost respect for data protection,” assured Illa. He emphasized again that no compulsory vaccination would be introduced in the southern European country.
According to a study published last Monday by the state polling institute Center for Sociological Studies, the proportion of those who refused to vaccinate in Spain has fallen significantly: 28 percent of those surveyed in December would reject a corona vaccination. In the previous month this share was 47 percent. At the same time, the vaccination readiness of the Spaniards rose from almost 37 to more than 40 percent.
Spain was the epicenter of the pandemic
As in other European countries, the vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus began in Spain on Sunday. The Spanish government wants to have 2.5 million people vaccinated by the end of February.
Spain is one of the European countries hardest hit by the pandemic. On Monday, the number of victims in the EU country exceeded 50,000 deaths. The number of corona deaths has risen by 298 to 50,122 since the last balance published on Thursday, said the Ministry of Health in Madrid. More than 1,879 million infections have been detected across the country since the pandemic began.