Seventy thousand Basques between 20 and 39 years old still do not want to get the vaccine

While Europe shields itself against omicron, forcing compulsory vaccination, and with the Djokovic case still in the memory, Nearly 130,000 Basques, especially in the 20 to 39 age group, are reluctant to get immunized against covid. This youth segment is the most reticent since it accumulates more than 70,000 deniers.

Although the success of the vaccination campaign in Euskadi is undeniable, about 9% of the population that can be protected against the virus have not yet done so. And that from the Intensive Care Units they have already warned that a large part of the burden of the health system is due to the unvaccinated.

lower rates

The Department of Health does not declare itself concerned because the bag of people located outside of immunization is much lower than in other surrounding countries. It is a fact that the lowest rates among adults correspond to the age group 20 to 29, which has reached 83% of vaccinated in recent days with full schedule, and in that of people aged 30 to 39, with 85%. In other words, there are still 70,242 Basques between the ages of 20 and 39 who have not been vaccinated out of just over 195,000 in their twenties and 245,000 in their thirties.

Iratxe, 22, is one of the young women who continues to avoid the vaccine, although she prefers to remain anonymous because “we are stigmatized.” However, he says that since he plans to travel next summer, he will have to end up jumping through hoops. “I see that for ho for b I will have to end up getting vaccinated. It makes me feel worse to get that injection than to catch the coronavirus that no longer seems so aggressive”explains the young woman.

And that he covid certificate has served to recruit a good number of deniers. The establishment of the covid passport a month and a half ago has managed to corner many of those who resisted being vaccinated, mainly young people who have verified how they need this certificate with a QR code to be able to access the hotel and nightlife establishments. In fact, it is estimated that there are around 40,000 the first punctures that have been supplied to be able to get hold of the coveted document.

In this sense, the councilor Gotzone Sagardui assured this week that since the decision was adopted to require the pass covid for different areas and activities, the data of the first vaccinations have risen. “We have increased the number of primary vaccinations noticeably”, assured before insisting on the improvement of coverage after the requirement of the covid certificate. “It is an effect that has been seen,” Sagardui valued.

Demonstration in Bilbao

As a sample of the vaccine rejection, just yesterday, thousands of people demonstrated in Bilbao, summoned by the Bizitza platform, to denounce the use of the covid passport and the “violation of human rights” that, in their opinion, is taking place. In a festive atmosphere, thousands of people, from various towns in the Basque Country, Nafarroa and Cantabria, shouted against vaccination in minors and the elderly with which, as they claimed, “not experienced”.

under the motto Stop Passport to the Dictatorship, the organizers denounced that this document has become “something mandatory” and also asked that child vaccination cease. “This passport is illegal and violates the fundamental rights contained in various international treaties”protesters said, calling the vaccine a “test of experimental pseudo-drugs from the pharmaceutical industry.”

Deaf ears

Because in addition to the most recalcitrant young people, there are around another 65,000 people who are in different age groups who have also turned a deaf ear to repeated calls for vaccination. “We are talking about 7-8% of people who could still be vaccinated and in this context any percentage that rises, no matter how small, is a great increase,” said the counselor.

Special mention receives the immunization of the smallest of the house that progresses in fits and starts since until now the serum has been injected into 54.6% of the kids between 5 and 11 years old.

The follow-up to the inoculation of the third doses also decreases with age since the response has been very positive among older adults and much more doubtful as the rungs of the population pyramid are ascended.

Although there is no homogeneous profile that encompasses all those who do not want to receive the injection, according to a survey by the Center for Sociological Research, those who have not been vaccinated allege, as Main reasons not to get vaccinated, do not trust antidotes (28%), or fear that they have health risks (17%). They also argue that they do not believe they are effective (10%), lack of guarantees (9%), or have allergies or other diseases and treatments (4%). There are those who definitely do not consider it necessary, 4%, and those who see themselves as invincible for having passed the disease.

From a sociological point of view, experts place this phenomenon in a context of growing individualism. “That social awareness of community, of being together, has been lost. And in the end, the decision to get vaccinated is very individual”, they value

Meanwhile, in all the communities of the Spanish State, attempts are being made to rescue part of the three million people who have decided not to be vaccinated. But it does not seem that they are for the task of making life more complicated for the non-immunized as it happens in other European countries. For the epidemiologist Pedro Gullón, “putting obstacles to the unvaccinated would be exactly the same as putting them on a person for smoking or not doing physical activity from the point of view of Public Health.”

What happens in Europe?


Over 18. It is the first country in the EU that has approved a law that penalizes adults who do not immunize themselves against covid. As of February 1, all Austrians over the age of 18 have to be vaccinated or face a fine.


Over 50. In Italy, the obligation to vaccinate people over 50 years of age has already been introduced. And since January 10, the complete guideline or having overcome the disease is also requested for almost all activities.


in sensitive sectors. Germany approved a bill that imposes compulsory vaccination in sensitive labor sectors, such as geriatrics or health. They give until March.


Rigorous pass. It has avoided the obligation to be vaccinated, but instead imposes a vaccination certificate that will be necessary for almost all activities of social life.


Older than 60. In Greece it is now mandatory for those over 60 years of age, otherwise they must pay a fine of 50 euros for not getting vaccinated. Subsequently, the penalties will increase.

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