60,000 euro fine for refusing to have Covid vaccine in Galicia
The Galician Parliament has approved a reform of the Galician Health Law that establishes fines of 1,000 to 600,000 euros for infractions on public health, including the ‘unjustified refusal’ of vaccination, with a minimum of a 60,000 euro fine for people who don’t have a Covid vaccine without due reason.
This reform of the Health Law of 2008, promoted by the Galician Government but presented as a bill by Public Health, establishes as very serious sanctions, with fines of more than 60,000 euros, the breaches of the obligation to use a mask or the "unjustified refusal to vaccination when there is a very serious risk of damage to the health of the population.”
Also the "lack of voluntary compliance with home isolation" or the "obligation of quarantine " in a "repeated manner", as contained in the text prepared against the current Covid-19 pandemic, could mean that people get fined this amount.
In addition, the new decree empowers the health authorities, in each case, to "adopt mandatory preventive measures when the existence of an imminent and serious risk to the health of the population exists, or is reasonably suspected."
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These restrictions can range from the seizure of products, to the closure of companies, the limitation of opening hours, as well as measures to control sick people and submit them to treatment or quarantine, among others. These measures will be adopted “in a reasoned manner, after evaluating scientific principles” but they may be established “even when there is still a risk of scientific uncertainty, if there is a current or imminent risk to the health of the population.”
Opposition parties have criticized this "mandatory vaccination" saying that it will only serve to "give wings to the deniers" of the pandemic. According to Iria Carreira, from the BNG party, the problem for the Galician population "is not that they do not want to be vaccinated but that they cannot because there are not enough vaccines to give them.”