If the corona vaccine will soon be widely available in the Netherlands, festivals and music venues must be able to distinguish between who has been vaccinated against corona and who is not. That says Berend Schans, director of the Association of Dutch Poppodia and Festivals. Schans sees the possibility of refusing tickets to non-vaccinated people as an opportunity to have festivals take place again and to open stages.
“For our organizations to survive, it is crucial that we can do more things,” says Schans. The association of music venues and festivals suggests that people with proof of vaccination can gain access to all kinds of places earlier.
Schans is supported by the events industry. For example, conference centers RAI in Amsterdam and Ahoy in Rotterdam can imagine that with a negative (rapid) test or with a certificate of vaccination there are possibilities in the future to be able to organize events safely. The centers emphasize that vaccination remains voluntary as far as they are concerned.
No obligation or compulsion to vaccinate
This week, manufacturers Pfizer and BioNtech released hopeful results from the corona vaccine they are developing. The vaccine appears to be effective in 90 percent of the cases. Although these were preliminary findings, stock markets immediately rebounded and the European Commission announced a deal with Pfizer to purchase up to 300 million vaccines.
The question of how the Netherlands will soon deal with a vaccine gained momentum after this. Corona Minister Hugo de Jonge this week opposed reporters of the AD that certain rules may apply longer for people without vaccination. He later nuanced that statement, emphasizing that there is absolutely no obligation or urge to get vaccinated. De Jonge is, however, considering a possible relaxation of the corona measures for groups that are the first to be vaccinated. Next week, the Health Council will issue an advice on the sequence of vaccination.
Ars microbiologist Hans Zaaijer of the Sanquin blood bank went a step further than De Jonge in talk show ‘Op1’ this week. According to him, we do not have to bear the consequences of not being vaccinated, but only those who do not take the shot. Zaaijer suggested that the organization of Pinkpop, for example, could check whether you have been vaccinated via a pass with a photo and a barcode. But, he added: something like this will not happen here. “I think we are really too careful with this in the Netherlands.”
Which interest is important
The question is whether a distinction between vaccinated and non-vaccinated is allowed in the Netherlands. In principle, the General Equal Treatment Act does not allow this. According to Associate Professor of Philosophy of Law Roland Pierik (UvA), the current situation is so unique that a judge can give the best answer. “It may be that a judge weighs heavily on the importance for the population of being able to return to normal. Just like the importance that not more companies fail. ”
Pierik and professor Marcel Verweij are investigating how a democratic government should deal with vaccinations. He does see room for relaxation of the corona measures for people who are vaccinated. “Every person has a duty of care. As a citizen you are responsible not to harm others. So you stay home now. You could say that someone who is vaccinated is no longer contagious, has fulfilled that duty of care and can therefore do things outside the home again.
According to Pierik, there are mainly practical objections to a vaccination certificate. “You have to set up a system that is watertight, rules out privacy issues and yet can easily show who has and who has not been vaccinated. Such a system will again be food for discussion. ”
Taste in cinema, theater and stadium
A number of theaters, cinemas and stadiums have received permission from the cabinet to test with more visitors early next year. State Secretary Mona Keijzer reported this on Friday after consultation between the cabinet and the events industry. The trial period does not apply to concerts and festivals.
With the test, the sector and the cabinet want to investigate whether more of the public at an activity is corona safe. Where and when the tests will be held is not yet known exactly. It is known, however, that a maximum of 1500 supporters may enter football stadiums. The condition is that risk level 1 applies in the region where a trial event is being organized. That means a maximum of 50 positive test results per 100,000 inhabitants in a week.
‘A quarter of the elderly do not want to be vaccinated immediately’
More than a quarter of the elderly have doubts about having a corona vaccine administered. So says the National Elderly Fund, which had a questionnaire completed by 521 panel members. 65 percent of the elderly say that they will be vaccinated immediately as soon as a vaccine is available. More than 7 percent do not know yet.
The study also shows that the older a person is, the better he or she is to be vaccinated. 72.3 percent of people who see themselves as a risk group want to be vaccinated. A quarter in that group is therefore also in doubt. Among men, there is more enthusiasm to immediately take a corona prick (70 percent) than among women (62 percent.)
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