Amid the controversial debate on whether vaccinated people should be granted special privileges, Switzerland’s Blick newspaper said it gained access to a document outlining some of the benefits the government plans to give to residents who have had their Covid vaccine shots.
The newspaper referred to “confidential debate paper” from the Federal Department of Home Affairs, created “to give the population an incentive to be vaccinated”.
“The government has decided to allow special treatment according to vaccination status, without any additional legal basis”, Blick said.
The document reportedly states that while public institutions such as hospitals wouldn’t be able to treat those who have been vaccinated differently from people who haven’t had their shots, private establishments “should be able to give preferential treatment to vaccinated people”, according to Blick.
If proof of vaccination is shown, immunised people can eat in restaurants, attend concerts and other events that would be closed others.
Vaccinated people would still need to wear masks in shops and on public transport, Blick reports.
Swiss president Guy Parmelin already said that “in the future, anyone who wishes to travel will need to be vaccinated”.
However, the document states that system of privileges would not be implemented immediately, and “can only be applied if the majority of the adult population has the opportunity to be vaccinated. This should be the case from May or June at the latest”.
The government would also exempt those who can’t be given the Covid shot because of allergies, pregnancy, or other medical conditions.
“These people could also benefit from activities available only to the vaccinated if they show a negative corona test or can do a quick test on site. The same applies to those who have not yet received a vaccination appointment”.
Preferential treatment should end “when herd immunity has been achieved, that is, when a sufficiently large proportion of the population is immune to Covid. so that the virus can’t spread any more”, the document states.
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