Spaniard, 84, has to be vaccinated: judge

Jan-Uwe Ronneburger
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A Spanish judge has ordered an incapacitated nursing home resident to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, a first for the country, El Pais daily reports.

The 84-year-old woman's daughter, who acts as her legal guardian, had argued that it would be better to delay the vaccination in the face of possible risks, the report said.

However, at the request of the nursing home, Judge Javier Fraga ruled that the 84-year-old had to be vaccinated even though inoculations against the coronavirus aren't mandatory in Spain.

While the judge acknowledged that receiving the shot might pose a risk, he said that it was much smaller than the risk of contracting COVID-19 at an advanced age.

According to the report, a medical examiner was also consulted for the decision, which the family can still appeal.

The vaccination was originally scheduled for the morning after the court decision but it was delayed, El Pais reported.