Many countries around the world have resorted to various methods to push the public to receive a vaccine against the emerging corona virus.
Among those measures is the provision of incentives. In this context, the government in Switzerland has agreed to give a gift to anyone who convinces a friend to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to win a gift.
The gift could be a free meal in a restaurant or a picnic in the cinema under a plan to increase the country’s low vaccination rate. 42 percent of Switzerland’s 8.7 million people have not yet received their full vaccinations, which is relatively high by European standards. .
“The vaccination rate … is still very low and this means that we cannot finish the measures to reduce the outbreak,” Health Minister Alain Berset told a news conference in the capital Bern, announcing what he described as an extraordinary stimulus plan.
Under the initiative, which costs 150 million Swiss francs, every newly vaccinated person will be asked to nominate another person who can be persuaded to receive the vaccination. He will then transfer 50 francs to his credit, which he can pay in cash at a restaurant or movie theater.
The government said it also intends to declare a national vaccination week by providing 170 mobile vaccination centers.
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