Tighter restrictions on Covid-19 unvaccinated go hand in hand with a greater desire to get vaccinated. This is the finding of an ifo study on the willingness to vaccinate in the German-Austrian border region.
“The 2G rule published in Austria on 5 November (an exception to the restrictions only for those who have been vaccinated or recovered) has led to an increase in the vaccination rate,” the press release said. Andreas Peichl, Director of the Ifon Center for Macroeconomics and Research and co-author of the study.
He adds that the subsequent closure of non-vaccinees on 15 November did not significantly affect the increase in vaccination acceptance. In fact, the announcement of a general closure in force since November 22 in Austria has reversed this trend slightly, he says. “Restrictions specifically on vaccine recipes therefore seem to increase the desire for vaccination more than closure for all,” says Hannes winner, Professor of Economics at the University of Salzburg and co – author of the study.
The study covered the period 4.10.-4.12.2021. At the beginning of this period, the vaccination rate in the Austrian border regions was 61.1%, while the vaccination rate in the regions on the other side of the German border was 57.2%. (difference of 3.9 percentage points). On December 4, these figures had risen to 68 percent and 61 percent, a difference of 7 percentage points. The study evaluated data on the first vaccinations in 13 German and 16 Austrian borders on the German-Austrian border.
Source: ifo Institute