COVID-19 : Galicia may sanction with fines of up to 60,000 euros to those who refuse to be vaccinated

The Galician Parliament approved today, with the votes in favor of the PP by Alberto Núñez Feijóo and the votes against by BNG and PSdeG, reform the Galician Health Law of 2008 And this fully affects vaccination against the coronavirus. Specific, It has been decided to establish fines of 1,000 to 600,000 euros for infractions against public health, among which the “unjustified refusal” to be vaccinated stands out.

This reform, promoted by the Galician Government and presented as a bill by the PPdeG, includes within the very serious infractions, with fines that can reach up to 60,000 euros, failure to comply with the obligation to wear the mask, “failure to comply voluntarily with the isolation measure” or the “quarantine obligation” in a “repeated or repeated” way, in addition to the negative one already commented.

Health authorities may “adopt mandatory preventive measures when there is or is reasonably suspected the existence of an imminent and serious risk to the health of the population ”. It is a pioneering legislation at the national level.

When is it a minor or serious violation to refuse vaccination?

According to the document of the Xunta, normally the measure will be considered a minor offense, which entails a penalty of 1,000 to 3,000 euros. It is defined like this: “Unjustified refusal to submit to preventive measures, consisting of vaccination or immunization prescribed by the health authorities, in accordance with established in this law ”.

However, there are cases in which this refusal may be a serious offense, so that the fine would oscillate between 3,000 and 60,000 euros. It will be “when there is a very serious risk or damage to the health of the population “.

This distinction is also applicable to the rest of the breaches mentioned above, so that all of them could be considered serious. This measure will take effect in the next 24 hours.

The opposition believes that it will serve “to give wings to the deniers”

This reform has not achieved the unanimity of all parliamentary groups in the voting process. Both BNG and PSdeG have voted against and have also criticized what they have termed “compulsory vaccination”. For them, it will only achieve “” to give wings to the deniers “. The PP has rejected this “supposed obligation” and has said that it will only be established in “very specific circumstances”.

Julio Torrado, PSdeG deputy, has spoken of “absolute nonsense”, because “its legal position is more than debatable” by restricting individual rights and freedoms that fall within the state regulations. “It’s like wanting to avoid accidents and traffic by banning cars”, he has argued.

Iria Carreira, from the BNG, has assured that the problem for the population “is not that they do not want to be vaccinated but that they cannot”, due to the shortage of vaccines. In addition, he has classified as “a serious mistake” to approach the issue as if it were of public order and not take advantage of the law to strengthen the health system.