Swiss citizens who persuade their friends to get COVID-19 shots can wait for a free restaurant meal or cinema, courtesy of the state, as part of a scheme aimed at boosting the country’s low vaccination rate.
Switzerland has seen several vaxxer protests and 42% of its 8.7 million population are yet to be fully vaccinated, relatively high by European standards.
Announcing an unusual stimulus plan, Health Minister Alain Berset told a news conference in Bern: “Vaccination rates … remain very low and that means We cannot eliminate containment measures.”
Under the 150 million franc initiative, each newly vaccinated person will be asked to name a person who convinced them to get the shot, and then 50 Swiss francs ($50) to cash in at participating theaters or restaurants. 54) Token will be sent.
The government said it also planned to announce a National Immunization Week with 170 mobile immunization centers.
Although the number of domestic coronavirus cases is declining, there is still a significant risk of another wave of infections — given the high number of non-immune individuals and the highly contagious delta variant — that could put a heavy burden on hospitals, the government said. said .
Switzerland and the neighboring principality of Liechtenstein have reported more than 841,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 10,700 deaths.