National Post (National Edition)

GOVERNMENT TO TRACK THOSE WHO REFUSE SHOTS

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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.

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