Majority of public in Europe supports Covid vaccine passports – investigation | Coronavirus
Vaccine passports are enjoying substantial support across Europe, a YouGov survey suggests, as a fourth wave of infections prompts a growing number of countries to impose tighter restrictions on people who have not been fully vaccinated.
The annual YouGov-Cambridge Globalism project suggests that majorities in the 10 European countries surveyed support mandatory vaccine passes for major events, while in most more people are in favor of than against their use in major events. cafes, restaurants and gyms.
Broad support for the coercion came despite the poll which also found that people are increasingly frustrated both with their governments’ performance in tackling the pandemic and with Covid-related restrictions in general.
Faced with a record number of cases, Austria this week first imposed a “lockdown of the unvaccinated”, followed by a general lockdown – and a decision to make vaccines mandatory from February. Germany on Thursday announced plans to restrict leisure activities for the unvaccinated in places with high hospitalization rates.
Greece has said it will ban people without a vaccine passport from cinemas, theaters and gymnasiums from Monday, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have taken similar measures, and Sweden will introduce a vaccine passport next month for more events. of 100 people.
Emmanuel Macron said the success of France’s health pass, which provides proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test and has been required since the summer to enter cafes, restaurants and cinemas, and taking long-distance trains, meant the country would have to avoid having to lock down those who are not fully vaccinated.
Denmark, which ditched its Covid pass amid the drop in cases in April, reintroduced it this month. In the UK, Boris Johnson’s government has consistently rejected vaccine passports, although Scotland requires one for entry to nightclubs and major events.
The YouGov survey, conducted among more than 26,000 people in 26 countries, found that the majority of the public in Europe and around the world supported vaccine passports in their country as a requirement for major events or for traveling to the world. inside and outside the country.
Support for a pass showing proof of vaccination to attend major sporting events and concerts ranged from 57% of respondents in France to 59% in Germany, 62% in Italy and 64% in Spain and Great Britain , only Poland (45%) falling below 50%.
Outside the EU, 51% of respondents in the US and 69% in Australia said they supported a vaccination passport for major events. The survey found similar high levels of approval for the use of vaccine passports to enter and exit respondents’ countries of origin.
Support was weaker, but still often substantial, for mandatory vaccine passports as a prerequisite for a range of other activities, including traveling on public transport, eating in restaurants, going to bars or cafes, or going shopping. indoor exercise in gyms.
In all but three countries – Denmark, Hungary and Poland – out of the 10 European countries surveyed, more people were in favor of the requirement to require passes for vaccines on public transport than they were opposed or uncertain, with pluralities or majorities ranging from 41% in Germany and Great Britain. at 56% in Italy.
A similar pattern has emerged for eating in restaurants, with more people in favor of vaccine passes than against in eight of the 10 countries and only Hungary and Poland opposed. The percentages of support for the measure ranged from 41% in the UK and 50% in France, to 54% in Germany and 58% in Italy.
Support levels were similar for mandatory vaccine passports to enter cafes or bars and exercise in indoor gyms, but slightly lower – typically between 30% and 40% in most European countries – for supermarkets and clothing stores.
The results in the United States largely mirrored those in Europe, while respondents in Australia were often more enthusiastic. Of the 26 countries surveyed, Russia stood out with consistently low support for passports in almost all cases, with the exception of international travel.
Compared to last year, several countries recorded a marked drop in the percentage of people saying their government was managing Covid well, notably Germany (67% in 2020, 44% in 2021), Denmark (81% / 74%), Italy (58% / 48%), Greece (72% / 42%), Hungary (60% / 43%), Poland (43% / 35%) and Australia (79% / 52%) .
A few countries have reversed the trend, with approval levels remaining about the same, such as France (37% / 40%) and the UK (39% / 41%), or increasing, such as the South Africa (44% / 56%). The United States also saw a slight increase from 34% to 39%, far from a âbiden bumpâ.
The survey also revealed growing frustration with the pace of the return to normal life. Several countries have seen a sharp increase in the number of those who believe their governments “are placing too much priority on limiting the spread of the virus and not enough on the functioning of ordinary life.”
These include France, where the figure rose from 19% in 2020 to 30% this year, Germany (21% / 34%), Italy (17% / 25%), Poland (23% / 33%), Australia (13% / 27%), the United States (20% / 29%), Japan (12% / 24%), and Indonesia (11 % / 33%).
Several also showed a comparable increase in the number of people who thought their government’s response to the virus was too restrictive on individual freedoms, such as France (23% / 39%), Germany (27% / 42% ), Hungary (30% / 44%), Great Britain (13% / 25%), Australia (17% / 34%) and the United States (29% / 36%).