BERN: Swiss citizens who convince their friends to be vaccinated against Covid-19 can receive a voucher to be used in restaurants or cinemas courtesy of the state under a scheme that aims to increase casualties country vaccination rate.
Switzerland has witnessed several protests against vaccination and 42% of its 8.7 million people are not yet fully vaccinated, a relatively high number according to European standards, which has countries like Portugal, with 84% of the population. fully vaccinated population, and Spain, with 77% of the country fully vaccinated, leader in global vaccination rates.
Announcing what he admitted was an unusual measure of encouragement to lower this rate, Health Minister Alain Berset commented on the situation at a press conference in the city of Bern.
“The rate of immunization remains very low and that means we cannot end distancing measures,” he said.
Under the 150 million Swiss franc (865.5 million Spanish dollars) initiative, each newly vaccinated person will be asked to designate an acquaintance who has convinced them to receive the dose of the immunizer, to which they will be sent. a token of 50 Swiss francs ($ 288.50) will be used at participating cinemas or restaurants.
The government also said it plans to announce a national vaccination week, with 170 mobile vaccination centers available to the public.
In the last 24 hours, the country recorded 1,144 new cases of Covid-19, with a moving average of 1,212 infections. The figures point to a drop in infections in recent weeks, with 6,060 infections and a moving average of 4,060 on 13 September.
Although positive tests are declining, there is still, due to the high number of non-immune people and the Delta variant, a significant risk of another wave of infection, which could overwhelm hospitals, the government.
Switzerland has recorded more than 840,000 cases of Covid-19 and 11,087 deaths since the start of the pandemic.