At a time when France is considering introducing the vaccination pass, other countries have already gone further, starting with Austria, which will be one of the first European states in February to make vaccination compulsory for its entire population. adult, or Italy which has just decided it for citizens over 50 years of age.
Across the Rhine, the measure is also being debated, and the new Chancellor Olaf Scholz has declared himself in favor of it. The stakes are also high in Germany where vaccination coverage against covid-19 remains relatively low compared to other Western European countries with 71.3% of its population fully vaccinated. “I am for compulsory vaccination,” Greens MEP Daniel Freund bluntly states, “And not just to protect yourself, but to ensure that hospitals can continue to work, that they don’t get overwhelmed.”
In Germany, the non-vaccinated will soon be hit in the wallet?
The elected environmentalist even wants to go further against those who are recalcitrant to vaccination. “People who are not vaccinated and who arrive in the intensive care units of hospitals, it costs a lot of money. It costs up to 33,000 euros per patient. In the German public debate, the question of financial support is therefore raised. “Shouldn’t they pay a higher contribution to health insurance. Because it is a personal choice that they have made not to be vaccinated. They are more likely to arrive in hospitals and cost a lot of money to all of us. »
In Spain, there is no need to “piss off” the non-vaccinated. The country, traumatized by the violence of the first wave in the spring of 2020, is a champion of vaccination. More than 90% of those over 12 years old have a complete vaccination schedule. “In Spain, we have always had a pro-vaccine culture and not only against covid-19, but also tetanus and for other diseases. There is no resistance, it is considered normal, ”says socialist MEP Javier Moreno Sanchez. Moreover, so far, the country has resisted the Omicron surge quite well, while less than 20% of intensive care beds are now occupied by covid-19 patients. “What we understood in Spain, what makes it work quite well, is that it is not only an effort by political leaders but it is a collective effort. There is a lot of civility. For example, in December, the mask was not compulsory in the street in Madrid and yet I who was there, I saw 90% of people wearing the mask. Barrier gestures and vaccination are the way to overcome this pandemic. And while the vaccination of children is not compulsory, a quarter of 5-12 year olds have already received their first dose. The government of Pedro Sanchez hopes to reach 70% by the beginning of February.
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