Spain wants to record all citizens who do not want to be vaccinated against Corona in a register. Health Minister Salvador Illa announced this in an interview with the television channel La Sexta.
Every citizen will receive an invitation to a vaccination appointment according to the vaccination plan. The vaccination is voluntary, but anyone who does not accept the invitation will be registered. The register is not public and data protection will be rigorous, but the data will be made available to “European partners”, stressed the minister. He emphasized again that no compulsory vaccination would be introduced in the southern European country.
Share of people who refuse to vaccinate is falling
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 an offered 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.
2.5 million vaccinations planned by the end of February
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.
Over 50,000 corona deaths in Spain
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.