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Easing Restrictions During Vaccine Scarcity. How Mitigation Measures Help Tackling Associated Moral and Behavioral Challenges

Tretter, M.; Ehrlich, D. B.; Ulmenstein, U. von


Background: When vaccines became first available during the Covid-19 pandemic, their demand significantly exceeded their supply. In consequence, the access to vaccines, initially, was distributed unequally. At the same time, governments started easing pandemic restrictions for vaccinated and recovered persons and restoring their freedoms since their risk of transmitting the virus is significantly reduced.
Evidence: We show that restoring freedoms for vaccinated and recovered persons – while upholding restrictions for the rest of the population – is morally unfair during vaccine scarcity. Further, it may yield unintended side-effects, including perverse incentives, growing rifts in society, and the expansion of marginalization.
olicy Options & Recommendations: We recommend accompanying easing for vaccinated and recovered individuals by mitigation measures for those who are neither vaccinated nor recovered. We propose, first, to temporarily lift the same restrictions for negative-tested individuals, as for vaccinated or recovered people. Second, the state must ensure broad and easy access to testing for everyone – free of charge.
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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000140699
Veröffentlicht am 15.12.2021
DOI: 10.3389/phrs.2021.1604269
Zitationen: 1
Zitationen: 1
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (ECON)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsdatum 21.10.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0301-0422, 2107-6952
KITopen-ID: 1000140699
Erschienen in Public Health Reviews
Verlag Presses de l'EHESP
Band 42
Seiten Art.Nr. 1604269
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