Spain will establish a register of people who refuse to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus and share it with other EU Member States, although it will not be made public, Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Monday.
In an interview with La Sexta-tv, Illa reiterated that vaccination against the virus – which, as in most EU countries, began in Spain over the weekend – would not be mandatory.
“What will be done is a register that will be shared with our European partners … by the people who have been offered it and simply rejected it,” he said.
“It is not a document that will be published and it will be done with the utmost respect for data protection,” he added, noting that employers or the public would not have access to it.
The proportion of Spaniards who do not want to take a Covid-19 vaccine has dropped to 28 percent in December from 47 percent last month, according to a study published last month.
The survey by the state-funded CIS research institute showed that 40.5 percent of those surveyed are willing to get a jab, while 16.2 percent would do so if it turns out to be “reliable”.
Spain has been one of Europe’s most affected countries by the pandemic, with the number of deaths from viruses exceeding the 50,000 mark on Monday, according to the Ministry of Health.
Almost 1.9 million people have been infected.
The government expects between 15 and 20 million people out of a population of 47 million to be vaccinated against the virus in June.
“The way to defeat the virus is to vaccinate us all or the more the better,” said Illa.