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The Spanish minister of health on Monday said the list would not be made public but would be shared with other EU nations. Speaking to TV channel La Sexta Spain’s health minister Salvador Illa said vaccination against would not be made compulsory. The vaccination roll-out began in Spain on Sunday.

For those who refuse to take the vaccination, the health minister said: “What we are going to do is a list that will be shared with other European countries.”

He said that he was referring “to the people to whom the government has offered the vaccine and have refused it”.

He added: “This document will not be made public”.

Although, he said the list would be created “with the greatest respect for data protection”.

He added: “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.

“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.”

He added: “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.

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Spain began to deliver the Pfizer and BioNTech laboratories developed vaccines on Sunday.

Spanish president Pedro Sánchez said he aims for 2.5 million people from the most vulnerable groups to be vaccinated first.

The Spanish government hopes to vaccinate 15 to 20 million people by the end of the summer.

Spain’s pandemic has been one of Europe’s worst at there has been at least 1.9 million registered infections and just over 50,000 deaths.

The country began vaccinating against the virus on Sunday and hopes to inoculate up to 20 million people by June.

But the Andalusian city’s archbishop, Juan Jose Asenjo, said the predicted development of the disease meant that going ahead with Seveille’s seven-day Easter parade starting in late March was too risky.

He wrote on the archdiocese’s website: “The persistently high levels of the disease incidence, together with the outlook for vaccine distribution still advise in coming months … against the concentration of large groups and their free circulation.”

Tens of thousands of people usually attend Seville’s parades, where centuries-old brotherhoods of the faithful carry heavy, flower-covered floats topped with effigies of Christ or the Virgin Mary, led by “Nazareno” penitents in distinctive pointy hoods.

Seville also cancelled this year’s Easter processions for the same reason, but with much shorter notice on March 14, the day the country went into lockdown.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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