Slovakia: Government offers cash to those over 60 to be vaccinated

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Slovakia will distribute cash to citizens over the age of 60 who are being vaccinated against the new coronavirus or receiving their booster dose.

The aim is to boost immunization rates, which lag behind other countries in the European Union. Parliament approved the payment today, giving the “green light” to a government proposal, which had originally intended to distribute vouchers for hotels or restaurants, but eventually chose to offer cash.

Those who make their support installments by mid-January will receive 300 euros, while those over 60 who have registered on the vaccination platform by then will be entitled to the amount of 200 euros. Slovakia is not the first country to be vaccinated. In October, Switzerland offered citizens who had been persuaded by their friends to get vaccinated against Covid-19 free meals at restaurants and movie tickets. The American city of Houston, in August, had announced that it would pay $ 100 to anyone who gets the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Lockdown in Slovakia

Slovakia, with a population of 5.5 million, has been hit hard by the latest wave of the epidemic and has re-imposed lockdown measures as its hospitals are full.

Until yesterday, it recorded the second highest infection rate in the world for the last week, according to Our World in Data. However, it lags far behind other EU countries in vaccinating its citizens, with 68% of people over the age of 60 being fully vaccinated, the third lowest performance in the Union after Bulgaria and Romania, well below 88% of the total population in Slovakia, 46.5% are fully vaccinated, below the EU average of 66.8%, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control ( ECDC).

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