Spain plans to create a register of people who refuse to be vaccinated against coronavirus and share it with other European Union countries, Health Minister Salvador Ila said.
Salvador Ila said the list would not be available to the public or employers.
The health minister said the way to defeat the virus was to “vaccinate everyone – the more, the better”.
Spain is one of the countries in Europe most affected by the virus.
The country is currently introducing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was approved for EU member states last week.
In an interview with La Sexta TV on December 28, Salvador Ila stressed that vaccination will not be mandatory.
He said: “What will be done is a register that will be shared with our European partners … of the people to whom it has been offered and who have simply rejected it.
“This is not a document that will be made public and will be made with the utmost respect for data protection.”
The Minister of Health added: “People who are offered therapy that refuses for any reason will be noted in the register … that there is no error in the system, has not given this person the opportunity to be vaccinated.
According to a recent study, the number of Spanish citizens who said they would not take the vaccine fell to 28% from 47% in November.
In other comments, Salvador Ila said regional authorities would contact people when it came time to be inoculated.
He told reporters: “People who decide not to get vaccinated, which we think is a mistake, are within their rights.
“We will try to resolve the doubts. Vaccination saves lives, this is the way out of this pandemic. “
The death toll from Covid-19 in Spain rose to more than 50,000 on December 28. Spain registered more than 1.8 million infections during the pandemic.
The country is under national curfew, between 23:00 and 06:00, until the beginning of May. In many places, people can go to work only during this period, buy medicines or take care of the elderly or children.
Spain’s regional leaders can change curfew hours and also close regional travel borders.