The Spanish government is setting up a registry of people who refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The register will be shared with European Union nations and is intended to encourage those sceptical about the vaccination to take the jab.
“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,” said Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa.
The register won’t be made accessible to the public or to employers.
While Spain hasn’t introduced mandatory vaccination, the country is one of the worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 50,000 people have succumbed to the virus and the country has registered more than 1.8 million infections.
Spain is currently under a nationwide curfew, between 11pm and 6am, until early May.
Like Malta, Spain began rolling out the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine on Sunday. According to a recent poll, 28% of the population have said they will not take the vaccine.
“To vaccinate all of us – the more the better,” Illa said.
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