Spain rules out the idea of making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory

Despite the head of the European Union suggesting that states should consider making COVID-19 vaccinations, mandatory Spain has already ruled out the idea.

When speaking to the press yesterday, Spain’s Health Minister Carolina Darias said that there was no need to make vaccinations mandatory given the high number of vaccinated people. She said:

“I can understand that countries with low vaccine coverage are contemplating this and that Von der Leyen is considering opening up a debate, but in our country, the situation is absolutely different.”

According to the Health Minister, the leaders of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities were also of the same opinion.
Spain has one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe, with more than 80% of adults having received two doses. Spain is also now providing third-dose booster shots to people over the age of 60 and those with underlying health problems.

Austria, meanwhile, has made getting vaccinated mandatory, and Germany is considering following suit. Belgium is also considering mandatory vaccinations and Greece said yesterday it will make vaccinations compulsory for people over the age of 60.

Currently, the infection rate in Spain continues to rise despite the high rate of vaccination. On Thursday, the number of people infected with the coronavirus stood at 234 cases per 100,000 people. Of these, five have the new omicron variant.

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