Stars and Stripes 29 Dec, 2020 18:15 am

Europe eyes measures to bolster uptake of COVID vaccines

Europe eyes measures to bolster uptake of COVID vaccines
European governments are planning to track the number of people getting COVID-19 vaccines to help chart a path out of the crisis.

While Spain's register will be shared with other European partners, it won't be made public, Health Minister Salvador Illa said in an interview with La Sexta television.But if voluntary uptake remains low, "we will have to adopt some countermeasures," Deputy Health Minister Pierpaolo Sileri said in an interview with the La Stampa newspaper on Tuesday.In the first quarter, Austria is rolling out an electronic vaccination certificate in which patients and authorities can keep immunization records, Health Minister Rudolf Anschober told journalists in Vienna." German Health Minister Jens Spahn, who has surged in popularity ahead of next year's elections, echoed those comments.

France will have a registry of people who get vaccinated, and Spain will track people who refuse to get inoculated against the disease, which has caused more than 400,000 deaths in Europe.France will also have a registry with the identity of people vaccinated and their health conditions.

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