Chile, a global leader in vaccination, is considering issuing a “green card” to those inoculated against the coronavirus in an effort to encourage younger adults who may be reluctant to turn out for their shots, health officials said on Thursday.
Chile’s vaccination drive is the fastest in Latin America thus far, and among the top five globally in terms of percentage of its population with at least one shot, according to a Reuters tabulation.
But a recent slowdown in the pace of vaccination has prompted health officials to fast-track a possible rollout of two government-issued ID cards: a domestic “green card” and an international travel “green passport,” perks aimed to incentivize participation in the drive, officials said.
“We are looking at it and I think it could be a very important stimulus for people to get vaccinated,” Health Minister Enrique Paris told reporters, adding the effort was important to “maintain our campaign.”
Health officials have repeatedly warned that young,