Covid-19: Switzerland struggles to vaccinate its population

In Switzerland, only 54% of the population has received a dose of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine.

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If France, well helped by the implementation of the "health pass", has just passed the bar of 50% of the population vaccinated against Covid-19, this is far from the case among its Swiss neighbors, where the vaccination campaign is slowing down.

At the risk of calling into question the national strategy.


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With our correspondent in Geneva,

Jérémie Lanche

A few days ago, the Swiss authorities decided to distribute cakes on the federal square in Bern.

Officially, it was to celebrate the progress of

the vaccination campaign


But this small event was also intended to attract those who still have not been vaccinated.

A truck with caregivers was waiting just behind the pastry distribution.

An operation set up, because in terms of vaccination rates,


is lagging behind.

54% of the population received a dose, which is less than in all neighboring countries.

In Switzerland, the vaccination campaign slowed down very early on and the rate of injections continues to drop.

Several reasons can explain it.

On the one hand, the reluctance of a significant part of the population.

On the other hand, a quarter of the Swiss do not want to be vaccinated.

And unlike other countries, the “health pass” is only compulsory for discos and major events.

The authorities are therefore considering, like most of its neighbors, extending it to all public places.

Even to charge for screening tests.

But there is no question of making vaccination compulsory, no vaccine is, moreover, in Switzerland.

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