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Geraldine Wong Sak Hoi, Expertise: factchecking, disinformation, the future of news. Initials: gw

What's the best way to convince people to get the Covid vaccine?

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Like many countries, Switzerland has experienced a drop in the vaccination rate, just as the Delta variant begins to take hold and the number of new cases rises again.

At its peak, the country was administering 90,000 jabs a day. By early July this had fallen to 60,000. By mid-July just over 40% of the population was fully vaccinated.

To avoid a major fourth wave of Covid-19, experts say vaccination coverage needs to be broadened. But what's the best way to do this?

In the United States, health officials have tried give-aways, such as lottery tickets, to incite people to get the shot. In France, the government has used a completely different tactic, making vaccination against Covid compulsory for healthcare workers and expanding the need for the Covid pass to enter public places, such as restaurants and bars. For now, Switzerland is banking on public information campaigns and bringing vaccines to the people, via mobile vaccination stations and walk-ins, to encourage more vaccination uptake.

Do positive incentives like give-aways work? Or should more coercive measures like in France be taken? Let us know what you think, and even what made you decide to get the shot (if you did), by commenting below. 

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