Spain: Judge orders incapacitated woman to get virus vaccine

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A judge in northwest Spain has overruled a family’s objections and decided to allow health authorities to administer a coronavirus vaccine to an incapacitated woman in a nursing home. The case appears to be the first known instance of a court in Europe requiring someone to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The Spanish government repeatedly has stressed that the shots are voluntary, as have authorities in other European countries. The judge in the autonomous northwest community of Galicia recently ruled in favor of a nursing home’s request to override the refusal of the resident’s family. The judge said he had a legal obligation to protect the woman’s health and didn’t consider other residents in his decision.