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New health law: Galicia wants to punish vaccinators with up to 60,000 euros

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The parliament of the Spanish province of Galicia is in favor of compulsory vaccination. Those who do not adhere to them have to dig deep into their pockets: a new law provides for high fines.

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  • The Galician parliament has passed a new health law.

  • It stipulates that people who refuse to be vaccinated will be fined between EUR 1,000 and EUR 60,000.

  • Corona skeptics and vaccination opponents are rebelling against the law.

The parliament of the Spanish province of Galicia passed a new health law on Tuesday. It is causing controversy, criticism and protests, not just in Galicia, but throughout Spain. Because the new health system plans to be able to penalize those who refuse to be vaccinated. Various Spanish media report this unanimously.

Anyone who does not get vaccinated despite government instructions can be fined 1000 to 3000 euros. In the worst case - "if there is a serious danger or harm to the population", the law states - this fine can amount to up to 60,000 francs.

The law met with strong opposition from the opposition parties in the Galician parliament. The conservative ruling party, Partido Popular, has an absolute majority in Parliament in Galicia, which is why the law was passed despite protests from socialists and nationalists.

"All legal obligations met"

The driving force behind the law is Galicia’s Prime Minister Alberto Núñez Feijóo. He had criticized the Spanish central government in Madrid several times in the past for not having adjusted the national health law in order to better control the corona pandemic.

According to the ruling party in Galicia, the new health law “fulfills all legal obligations”, as MP Encarna Amigo put it. The law is "necessary because the old health law was not designed for such a long pandemic".

There were then demonstrations by Corona skeptics and vaccination opponents in front of the Parliament building in Galicia. The Spanish national health ministry reacted negatively to the Galician plans. "As with all other vaccinations in Spain, the one against Covid-19 is not mandatory," the Ministry of Health told the Spanish newspaper "El Pais".

Legal experts disagree on whether Galicia’s plans are legal. In the last instance, the Spanish Constitutional Court will have to decide. The Spanish central government in Madrid under the leadership of the socialist Pedro Sánchez has so far refused to make vaccinations mandatory. However, the government announced in December that it would introduce a national vaccination register. This should show who has already been vaccinated against the corona virus in Spain - and who has refused. The register should not be public.