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Poll: Most favour vaccine certificates in return to normality

Many people in Finland want vaccination passports to help reopen society, a fresh poll finds.

Ihmisiä hengityssuojaimet kasvoilla Helsingin päärautatieasemalla.
Commuters at Helsinki's Central Railway Station. Image: Benjamin Suomela / Yle

The majority of people in Finland are in favour of coronavirus vaccine certificates playing a role in the reopening of society, according to a poll by Toivo, a think-tank closely aligned with the National Coalition Party (NCP).

The poll asked people whether they thought those with vaccine certificates should be the first ones allowed to visit cultural venues, including events, libraries and museums.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they agreed or somewhat agreed with the idea that Finland should adopt a vaccine certificate system to help speed up the reopening of society.

Supporters of the Social Democrats (SDP) and NCP were most in favour of a vaccine certificate programme, while backers of the Left Alliance and Finns Party were the least enthusiastic.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) previously said that a vaccination passport would not necessarily make sense as Finland does not have legislation to ban unvaccinated people from using services.

The survey, carried out from 9–12 April by Kantar TNS, drew answers from 1,157 respondents. The poll had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

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