In a choice experiment, respondents assessed nine policy options the government could take to increase vaccination uptake, for example rewarding people who have been vaccinated or imposing restrictions on people who opt not to be vaccinated. “51% of the respondents would actually recommend two variants of a ‘vaccination certificate light’ to the government,” says UM researcher Roselinde Kessels. She did add that “the experiment assumed that the introduction of a vaccination certificate would lead to 2,000 fewer deaths and 25,000 fewer people with permanent health damage in the period September 2021 – August 2022”.
One vaccination certificate would allow vaccinated people to continue to access certain places (such as shops, catering establishments, nursing homes, gyms and public transport) during an outbreak of coronavirus in their region. People who are not vaccinated will be refused access during an outbreak. The other vaccination certificate would allow vaccinated people to go to places where large groups of people gather and it is not possible to keep a distance of 1.5m (such as concerts, festivals, sports competitions and other large-scale gatherings). In this case, too, people who are not vaccinated will be refused access.