Editorial – Covid vaccination: what if we never succeeded?

Editorial – Covid vaccination: what if we never succeeded?
Editorial – Covid vaccination: what if we never succeeded?

PostedOctober 14, 2021, 06:55

By still wanting to vaccinate nearly a million people before lifting the measures, the Federal Council is setting the bar very high. Is he taking the right path to convince the refractory, whose arguments have become as sanitary as they are political?

The distrust of the vaccine in Switzerland is multifaceted. There are those who simply fear the syringe, but others who have adopted a posture of distrust of authority.

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The Portuguese are smarter than us. They were vaccinated in large numbers and they were able to remove their health pass and other measures against the pandemic. The Swiss population, which brews different cultures, has many moods with the vaccine and finds itself entangled in this epidemic like a bird in an oil spill trying to get out of the water. The good news is that we still have the best vaccines in the world, the bad is that we still have to convince a million people that it is true.

Since the announcements of the Federal Council on September 8, which extended the use of the health certificate, the number of people fully vaccinated has increased by 5.6%. This represents approximately 470,000 people. It had a slight effect which quickly subsided. We note that, in the 30-year-old group, the vaccination rate is over 60%; in the 60-year-old age group, it is over 80%. It is moving forward, but slowly. This is good, but not sufficient.

Two more good months

Federal Council says vaccination rate should be around 93% in people
over 65 years old and 80% in people aged 16 to 64 (not counting people who have already healed), so that it is possible to do as the Portuguese do. That is to say nearly a million people to be vaccinated, as recognized by the Chief of Health, Alain Berset. That is to say for two good months at the current rate, if it is maintained.

The question is asked: and if we never succeed, what will happen? We will see, said Alain Berset, who does not rule out reducing measures in the event of an improvement. When it launched its three-phase plan, the Federal Council spoke of a period that would end when all adults who wanted to be vaccinated. During the summer, the Delta variant was a game-changer. From now on, we have entered a period where we want to vaccinate adults who have not wished to do so until now. It’s a whole different challenge.

The risk of counterproductive bludgeoning

To achieve this, Alain Berset talks about facilitating people’s access to vaccination with mobile units. But the transportation problem is arguably a minor reason for those fleeing the bite. It is also counting on the national immunization week, which should “provide information”, “open spaces for dialogue” or “answer questions”. When we read what we read on social networks, we doubt it a bit. In addition, if this national week turns to bludgeoning, it will reinforce the reluctant in their positions, this mixture of health skepticism and political mistrust, which one finds in central Switzerland and in the west of the country. As the cantonal doctor from Appenzell noted: those who wanted to have the vaccine did so, the others never will.

By setting such high vaccination targets, the Federal Council is blowing the despair of seeing the end of this pandemic soon before New Year’s Eve, or even before Easter… Who is to blame? To all those who refuse to be vaccinated, when their body would take it very well? Or to all those who have maintained the contradiction in this country that vaccination was optional, when in the end, it becomes collectively compulsory to get out of it?


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