Beer gets Czechs to vaccination centres

People have been more willing to get the COVID vaccine after it was announced on 20 October that pubs and restaurants would start checking COVID-19 certificates from 1 November. [EPA-EFE / MARTIN DIVISEK]

People have been more willing to get the COVID vaccine after it was announced on 20 October that pubs and restaurants would start checking COVID-19 certificates from 1 November, Czech health authorities have said. The willingness of the people to get the vaccine was visible outside vaccination centres, where people queued for hours to get the jab.

Although the country’s vaccination rate has so far been below the EU average, the last week of October saw more than 52,000 people get vaccinated, pushing the Czech vaccination rate by 1% upwards to 58.8%.

The obligation for pubs and restaurants to check COVID-19 certificates of their guests took effect on 1 November. On Thursday, hygienists and police officers raided hospitality facilities across the country to check whether new measures were actually being followed. One more check is being planned for Saturday.

The Czech government decided to apply this measure because of the worsening epidemiological situation throughout the country. Daily new COVID-19 cases in Czechia rose sharply and have reached March 2021 levels. The possibility of another lockdown has already been discussed as the capacities of Czech hospitals are shrinking.

As the winter season is approaching, the government announced on Thursday that skiing centres would also be required to check whether people buying a ticket have a valid coronavirus test, vaccine certificate, or have proof of antibodies.

(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV.cz)

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