European governments are facing an increase in the rate of coronavirus infections. With the declining rate of vaccination in most parts of the European continent, they are adopting more imaginative methods to increase the vaccination rate.
France took Tough attitude, Requiring health workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or suspended without pay. Everyone else must present a “health passport” to confirm that they have been stabbed, tested, or recovered from the virus before they can enter a bar or restaurant.
Greece has embarked on a similar path, but other countries, especially Germany, are taking a more subtle approach, subtly increasing the pressure on vaccine shakers, instead of forcing them to get vaccinated by law.
For example, since Sunday, unvaccinated travelers must undergo a negative Covid test before being allowed to return to Germany. Local authorities are also experimenting with incentives to encourage people to accept jabs: in the eastern town of Sonneberg, they received free sausages. On Friday alone, about 250 people accepted the offer.
Some people go a step further to warn vaccine deniers that unless they get vaccinated, their freedom may be restricted.
Baden-Württemberg’s Chancellor Winfried Kretschmann said: “This is the way of the future-people who are vaccinated enjoy broad freedoms, and the lives of those who have not been vaccinated will change. It’s more onerous.” “And they can only accept this.”
As an example last week, the Obermühle Boutique Resort in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen stated that starting in October, it will only accept fully vaccinated guests.
With the lifting of the lockdown, the reopening of restaurants and bars, and the enjoyment of summer vacations, life throughout Europe has returned to normal.
However, in the past few weeks, officials have expressed concern that, just as the rate of vaccination in all major economies slows, returning holidaymakers will cause new infections.
Due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, the number of new infections in some countries has been on the rise. “The’fourth wave’ has begun,” the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s main public health agency, announced last week.
In this context, European governments are trying to figure out how to vaccinate as many people as possible to protect the health system from the influx of new Covid cases.
The United States, which has similar concerns, has also adopted the carrot and stick approach.President Joe Biden calls on the states Provide $100 cash reward Vaccinate people and state that federal employees must show proof of vaccination or wear masks at the workplace.
But Biden did not follow the mandatory route, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not follow the possibility of compulsory vaccination at the “back door”.
However, her chief of staff Helge Braun warned last month that even if the test result is negative, people who have not been vaccinated may be denied access to restaurants, movie theaters and sports venues. “Residual risk [of infecting others] It’s too high,” he said.
But some people oppose any attempt to discriminate against people who have not been vaccinated. This is a warning from a two-level society that people who have not been vaccinated are unfairly excluded from public life.
The Lieutenant Governor of Bavaria, Hubert Aiwanger, refused to get vaccinated because of fear of “great side effects.” “People feel uncertain, usually for good reasons,” he said, insisting that the jab should not be forced. “This is my belief, the red line, my body,” he said.
It is this sentiment that drives thousands of people onto the streets of French cities to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s mandatory vaccinations for health workers and tremendous pressure on others. But the number of marchers pales in comparison with those who decide to accept the jab.
When the new method was announced on July 12, the Dostolib medical reservation website was full of phones, and by the end of the next day, 1.7 million people had registered. Since then, the number of first doses of vaccine provided daily in France has doubled to more than 300,000 doses.
The French Ministry of Education also stated last week that if an infection occurs in a school, vaccinated children over the age of 12 will be allowed to stay on-site to study, while those who have not been vaccinated must go home and quarantine. Starting in the fall, the French will also have to start paying for Covid tests, which have so far been free for everyone.
In addition, going to movie theaters and theaters now, and going to restaurants, bars, and cafes from later this month, requires a “health passport”-to record whether a person has been vaccinated, whether the test result is negative, or whether he has recovered from the virus. And long-distance travel by public transportation.
Italy has adopted a similar approach, where citizens must present a “green pass” to eat indoors or enter theaters, stadiums, cinemas, stadiums or museums.
As in France, the policy triggered protests, and opponents took to the streets, holding signs that read “Green Pass = Apartheid” and “Pass against Nazis.” But this also triggered a surge in the number of Italians registered for vaccination.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that starting from the end of summer, a Covid pass would be required to enter nightclubs, while ministers reserved the possibility of compulsory participation in concerts, major sporting events and even universities.
Proponents insist that such measures are reasonable in the face of Delta variants. When the Italian Green Pass was announced on July 22, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi stated that this is the only way to keep the economy open.
“I invite all Italians to get vaccinated and get vaccinated immediately,” he said. “The absence of a vaccine means a new lockdown.”
Additional reporting by Leila Abboud in Paris, George Parker in London, Daniel Dombey in Madrid, Miles Johnson in Rome, Eleni Varvitsioti in Athens and Sam Jones in Zurich