‘A ticket back to normality’: Swiss support for vaccination pass grows

'A ticket back to normality': Swiss support for vaccination pass grows
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Support is growing in Switzerland for the introduction of an Israeli-style immunity card, which would allow holders to go to bars, visit the gym, attend events and travel.

Several prominent Swiss politicians and health experts have spoken out in support of an Israeli-style vaccination passport. 

Known as the ‘Green Pass’, Swiss media reports that the vaccination passport gives Israeli residents who have received both doses of the vaccine “an entry ticket back to normality”. 

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Since Sunday, February 21st, Israel’s Green Pass holders have been again allowed to visit gyms, bars, restaurants, theatres and sporting events, while travel privileges are also expected in future. 

Swiss President Guy Parmelin said on Sunday that “everyone who wants to travel will need to be vaccinated in the future”. 

Swiss president: People who want to travel 'will have to be vaccinated' 

Ruth Humbel, President of the National Council's Health Commission, said on Monday that Switzerland should introduce a Green Pass style vaccination ID. 

“Instead of keeping everything banned until the summer, people with a Green Pass should be able to attend football matches, clubs, open air events and festivals again,” Humbel told 20 Minutes

Humbel said the vaccination data could be fed into the Swiss Covid coronavirus tracing app to allow entry to various events and venues. 

People with valid negative tests and those who have recently had the virus and healed could also be included. 

State Councillor Andrea Caroni (FDP) dismissed concerns that an immunity card would be a restriction on people’s rights, saying not introducing such a card would be “unconstitutional”. 

“From this point on, it would be unconstitutional to lock up vaccinated people by means of isolation or quarantine,” Caroni told Swiss media. 

“If Susie already has the driver's license, she is then allowed to drive – even if Harry is still waiting to take his driving exam”.

Hans-Ulrich Bigler, Director of the Swiss Trade Association, said such a pass should be introduced as an incentive to be vaccinated. 

“Vaccinated people actively do something for health protection,” he said. 

‘Compulsory vaccination’

SP National Councilor Yvonne Feri disagreed, saying incentives to vaccination amounted to a compulsory vaccine scheme. 

“Making things easier for those who have been vaccinated is like compulsory vaccination,” she said. 

She also urged caution, saying “it has not yet been proven that people who have been vaccinated cannot infect others”. 

 

 


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