GOVERNMENT TO TRACK THOSE WHO REFUSE SHOTS
Spain will create a list of people who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when they are offered jabs under the vaccination campaign the country is rolling out this week.
Salvador Illa, the health minister, pictured, said vaccination was voluntary and there would be no consequences for those who refuse to take the shots, although he added that the information would be shared with Spain's EU colleagues.
“We will have a registry ... of those people who have been offered (the vaccine) and have simply rejected it,” Illa told Spain's La Sexta TV channel.
“It is not a document that will be made public and it will be done with the utmost respect for data protection.”
Illa said registering people's rejection of the jabs would avoid confusion over why certain individuals had not been vaccinated when it was their turn.
Spain has started administering the Pfizer vaccine, with 96-year-old Araceli Hidalgo becoming the country's first person to receive a shot on Sunday.