Spain is to set up a register of people who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and share it with European Union nations, according to the health minister.
He said the list would not be made accessible to the public or to employers, adding the way to defeat the virus was “to vaccinate all of us – the more the better.”
Spain is one of the countries in Europe worst affected by the virus. It is currently rolling out the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved for EU member states last week.
The minister emphasized that vaccination would not be mandatory. He said, “People who decide not to get vaccinated, which we think is a mistake, are within their rights. We are going to try to solve doubts. Getting vaccinated saves lives, it is the way out of this pandemic.”
According to a recent poll, the number of Spanish citizens who have said they will not take the vaccine has fallen to 28% from 47% in November. Over 50,000 have died from COVID-19 in Spain.