Swiss citizens who persuade their friends to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can win a free meal at a restaurant or a picnic in a cinema as a gift from the state under a plan aimed at increasing the country’s low vaccination rate.
Switzerland has seen several anti-vaccination protests. 42 percent of its 8.7 million people have not yet received full vaccinations, a relatively high percentage by European standards.
“The vaccination rate … is still very low and this means that we cannot finish the measures to curb the outbreak,” Health Minister Alain Berset told a news conference in Bern, announcing what he described as an extraordinary stimulus plan.
Under the initiative, which costs 150 million Swiss francs, each newly vaccinated person will be asked to nominate another person who can be persuaded to receive the vaccine, and then he will be transferred to his credit 50 francs that can be paid in cash at a restaurant or cinema.
The government said it also intends to declare a national vaccination week by providing 170 mobile vaccination centers.