Spain Will Keep a REGISTRY of People Who Refuse the COVID-19 Vaccine
According to Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa, Spain will create a registry of people who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.
“What will be done is a registry […] of those people who have been offered it and simply rejected it,” Illa said on Spanish television.
Maria Jesus Lamas, head of Spain’s Medicines Agency, also said on a radio program that the registry would be used “to understand the causes behind declining the vaccination” and that they would keep the names of individuals anonymous.
Despite the claims that Spain will neither make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory nor publicize the registry, the potential problems of keeping a list in the first place are legion. Even some healthcare professionals in Spain are expressing their concerns.
“The most important thing is to know how the registry will be used. If it’s for public health purposes, to better understand COVID, and it’s anonymous, that’s one thing. But if it’s ‘I’m now on the list of the bad people,’ that’s another thing. We don’t think a registry should be used to infringe on liberties, or for employers against people,” said Jose Luis Cobos of the Spanish General Council of Nursing.
Spain began vaccinating its population on Sunday with the vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
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