Swiss Voters Approve COVID-19 Certificate in Referendum

Swiss voters approved the government’s measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the COVID-19 certificate, at a referendum on Nov. 28.

According to official results, 62.01% of Swiss voters supported the law that provides legal basis for the COVID-19 certificate, as well as financial support for those affected by the pandemic, contact tracing, and testing.

Meanwhile, 37.99% of voters were against the measure.

Opponents of the COVID-19 certificate argue that it was an unnecessary restriction of freedoms.

Michelle Cailler, a spokesperson for the Friends of the Constitution group which opposed the measure, told AFP News that the law “violates a number of constitutional rights, and in particular Article 10 on personal freedom with this COVID certificate, which establishes a disguised mandatory vaccination.”

The certificate has been a requirement for entry into restaurants, bars, and other public places since September.

The recent referendum marked the second time Swiss voters have approved government COVID-19 measures this year after a referendum in June showed 60% of the voters supported the rules.

The referendum also came amid a sharp rise of COVID-19 cases in Switzerland, according to government data.

According to Johns Hopkins University, 66.21% of the Swiss population has been fully vaccinated — one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe.

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