Most Dutch people understand the leaked plans of the cabinet for a corona admission ticket in, among other things, the catering industry. 55 percent think it is justified if you have to prove in a cafe or restaurant via the CoronaCheck app that you have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from covid-19. At the cinemas, that percentage is slightly higher: 59 percent. More than a quarter are against and 14 percent are neutral.
This is very different for people who have not been vaccinated, according to research by I&O Research commissioned by the NOS. Of them, 7 percent think the so-called corona pass is fair.
According to researcher Peter Kanne of I&O Research, there is a “significant and sharp gap” in more areas between vaccinated and people who have not vaccinated. “That gap has been visible for some time, but the introduction of a corona ticket makes it very concrete,” says Kanne. “A large majority (60 percent) of the population believes that vaccination should be a free choice. But at the same time, they support the corona pass, which restricts the freedom of unvaccinated people. The latter group experiences this as burdensome and unjust.”
When asked whether they experience compulsion to get vaccinated, 61 percent answered “strong” and 20 percent “a little”. Almost four in ten (38 percent) say they have already experienced unpleasant situations this year. They feel discriminated against because they are excluded from some things. And they let it be known that they are being cornered as “wappies”, while they themselves think that they have good reasons not to get vaccinated.
The reasons for that refusal are mainly uncertainty about the long-term effects of the vaccine (67 percent) and mistrust of a vaccine that has been developed so quickly (64 percent). This is followed by a lack of trust in pharmaceutical companies (47 percent) and the government (44 percent). Another 42 percent cite fear of side effects as a reason for not vaccinating.
In any case, vaccination has led to a lot of discussion among the Dutch. Eight in ten say they have discussed this with family members, friends and colleagues. Most of those conversations are peaceful, but sometimes heated discussions (21 percent) or even conflicts (4 percent) arise.
There is no majority for more far-reaching measures than the corona admission ticket. A third agree with the statement that vaccinated people should be given priority over non-vaccinated in hospital treatment. And 38 percent want to give companies the right to ban unvaccinated employees from going to the office. However, 50 percent is in favor of a vaccination obligation for healthcare workers. 17 percent are neutral about this
If it turns out that a third shot is needed to enhance the effectiveness of the vaccines, 57 percent of the population would certainly take it and 22 percent would probably do so. 10 percent certainly don’t want it; 12 percent don’t know yet.