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Spain to keep register of people refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19

The Spanish government announced on Monday that it would identify people refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19. A register will be shared with other European countries but will not be made public, said the Spanish Minister of Health.

Vaccination against the coronavirus began Sunday in Spain as in many countries of the European Union (EU). The Spanish authorities have decided to keep a register of people refusing to be vaccinated, announced Monday, December 28, the Spanish Minister of Health in an interview with the television channel La Sexta.

“A register which will be shared with other European countries”, continued Salvador Illa, specifying that he was referring “to the people to whom it has been proposed (to be vaccinated) and who, quite simply, will have refused it. “. Because this vaccine is not compulsory.

“This is not a document that will be made public,” he said, however, adding that this file would be prepared “with the greatest respect for data protection”.

Spaniards more and more inclined to be vaccinated

According to the latest study published last Monday by the Center for Sociological Investigation (CIS), a government-run polling institute, the proportion of Spaniards who do not want to be vaccinated has dropped dramatically, from 47% in November to 28 % in December.

During the same period, the percentage of Spaniards who said they were ready to receive the vaccine increased from 36.8% to 40.5%.

Like many European countries, Spain began the coronavirus vaccination campaign on Sunday with the vaccine developed by the Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories. The government led by socialist Pedro Sánchez aims for 2.5 million people – those belonging to priority or most vulnerable groups – to be vaccinated by the end of February and for the total to reach 15 to 20 million by the end of February. summer.

With nearly 50,000 deaths and more than 1.8 million cases, according to official figures, Spain is one of the European countries that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

With AFP