On 14 October 2021, Switzerland’s Federal Council announced that its proposed CHF 50 reward for successfully encouraging someone to get vaccinated against Covid-19 will be scrapped, reported RTS.
On Wednesday, the federal government met with cantonal representatives in Luzern to discuss measures to increase immunity in the population via a vaccination push.
The CHF 50 reward scheme proposed by the federal government met with considerable resistance from Switzerland’s cantons who were given the task of implementing it. A key criticism of the plan was the practical difficulties around its implementation. It was also considered by some to be a false incentive against the spirit of people volunteering to do their bit to protect others and a mockery of those who had already been vaccinated without being paid. Some described the payments as un-Swiss. In the end all cantons came out against the federal government on the idea.
However, the other elements of the federal government’s push to get more vaccinated will be retained. A vaccination week will take place in November 2021. However, the idea of creating 170 mobile vaccination units was rejected by around half of the cantons, mainly for practical reasons.