The government of Spain has announced that it would put together a list of residents that declined to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
This was disclosed by the country's health minister, Salvador Illa, who also stated that the register would be shared with other European countries.
Illa said, according to the BBC, that the vaccine would be made mandatory, but for those who refuse to be vaccinated their names will be recorded.
The names of residents who choose not to accept the vaccine will not be made public, stated the minister.
Illa said, “What will be done is a register, which will be shared with our European partners… of those people who have been offered it and have simply rejected it."
He explained that the list will ensure that for posterity, the resident, for whatever personal reason, chose not to be vaccinated and that there was no "error in the system".
He continued, “It is not a document which will be made public and it will be done with the utmost respect for data protection.
“People who are offered a therapy that they refuse for any reason, it will be noted in the register… that there is no error in the system, not to have given this person the possibility of being vaccinated.
“We are going to try to solve doubts. Getting vaccinated saves lives, it is the way out of this pandemic,” he said.
“People who decide not to get vaccinated, which we think is a mistake, are within their rights.”
Spain has recorded a total of over 1 million COVID-19 cases, with more than 50,000 fatalities.