The government on Friday proposed unusual measures to increase the vaccination rate, which it said remains too low. The Federal Council wants to convince at least half of the two million people who are not immune to Covid-19 in Switzerland.
He presented a four-point offensive, including a national vaccination week with posters and various actions in the street, and the deployment of 170 mobile vaccination buses, especially in front of nightclubs and universities.
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The Federal Council is also proposing to hire 1,700 people in order to advise unvaccinated people and respond to their fears by appointment, on the internet, or even with telephone and door-to-door canvassing.
Finally, the government had the idea of rewarding with a voucher of 50 francs the people who succeed in convincing their reluctant relatives to be vaccinated. This offensive project is being put into consultation and should cost 150 million francs. A decision is scheduled for October 13.
Vaccination bonus: a false good idea?
This latest reward measure announced by the government is struggling to convince. For the Vaudois PLR national adviser Olivier Feller, the direction of the Federal Council’s offensive “is going in the right direction”, but the vaccination bonus is according to him a “gadget measure”.
“I don’t know if it will really increase” the vaccination rate, he says. “It is a form of commodification of an important public health issue that leaves us wondering.”
For his part, Thomas Collaud, an apprentice at the Lausanne School of Trades and a member of the youth commission of the canton of Vaud, considers the idea “interesting”, stressing, however, that the unvaccinated are “complicated to convince”.
>> Reactions to the Federal Council announcements by Olivier Feller and Thomas Collaud:
Paid tests from October 11
Contrary to the many calls in this direction, the Confederation on the other hand gave up extending the free admission of the tests beyond October 10. Only those under 16 will continue to benefit from it.
First-time vaccinees will be able to benefit from free screening until the end of November. The government has not taken action on requests for free education for young people up to 20 or 25 years old.
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>> See also the reaction of Mauro Poggia, Geneva State Councilor in charge of health: