Switzerland is providing reward certificates to individuals who persuade others to be jabbed in opposition to Covid-19, the federal government mentioned on Friday, a part of efforts to extend the nation’s low vaccination charge.
Each newly vaccinated particular person shall be requested to call one one that satisfied them to be inoculated, the federal government mentioned, with that particular person receiving a 50 Swiss franc ($53.68) reward token for his or her help. Native authorities will resolve the place the voucher can be utilized, as an example at cinemas or eating places.
“Everybody can assist to persuade a buddy, neighbour, work colleague or member of the family of the advantages of vaccination,” the federal government mentioned. “This cooperation of the inhabitants must be rewarded.”
Switzerland has one of many lowest vaccination charges in western Europe, with solely 58% of the nation’s 8.7 million inhabitants totally vaccinated. The nation has obtained 11.9 million vaccine doses thus far, and administered 10.four million doses. There have been quite a few protests in opposition to the vaccination marketing campaign by anti-vaxxer teams. Though the variety of coronavirus instances is declining in Switzerland, the federal government mentioned the state of affairs in intensive care wards stays tense.
Given the excessive variety of non-immune people and the extremely contagious Delta variant, there may be nonetheless a major danger of one other wave of an infection throughout autumn and winter months, which might place a heavy burden on hospitals, it added.
The federal government, which can spend 150 million francs on the marketing campaign, plans a nationwide vaccination week, with 170 cell vaccination centres.
Switzerland and neighbouring principality Liechtenstein have reported greater than 840,000 instances of Covid-19, with 10,713 deaths.