President Zuzana Čaputová has approved a new financial incentive for vaccination against COVID-19 by signing an amendment to the Act on extraordinary measures in the financial sector. The incentive should take the form of a lottery and a financial bonus for those who persuade others to be vaccinated. The amendment to the law also expands the framework of assistance to travel agencies in the form of a repayable financial subsidy covering the period of lack of liquidity. However, the President points out that in order to increase the rate of vaccination, it is also necessary to release funds for a state information campaign.
Meanwhile, vaccination against COVID-19 for unregistered individuals should gradually become available in all of the country's regions, Health Minister Vladimir Lengvarsky reported on Tuesday following a meeting with the heads of the eight regions. "We have agreed on tighter cooperation. The vaccination campaign and inoculation itself must become even more intense, be it by bolstering mobile vaccination teams or boosting collaboration with general practitioners," the minister said after the meeting.
On a related note, Justice Minister Maria Kolikova said before the Government session on Wednesday that she expects the Constitutional Court to suspend the Public Health Office's decree that allows COVID-19-vaccinated individuals to avoid quarantine upon arriving in the country. Health Minister Vladimir Lengvarsky noted that the Health Ministry will first need to see the Constitutional Court's reasons for suspending the decree in order to start deciding on new measures to be applied on Slovakia's borders. Foreign Affairs Minister Ivan Korcok expressed himself to his colleagues in a similar vein.