Debate on test proofs, House of Parliament seems not yet convinced

Today, the House of Representatives is debating the use of test proofs. Access tests should make it possible in the coming months to open society faster than would be the case without testing. That is the reasoning behind the Cabinets bill.

Recently, pilots have been held, in which people could go to a football match, for example, after showing a negative test proof. This is what the cabinet wants to extend, so that people can go back to museums, cinemas or restaurants with a negative test. Public transport and town hall are not covered.

Dichotomy

The whole House of Representatives is not convinced of the necessity, now that it seems only a matter of months before a large part of the population has been vaccinated against the coronavirus. And there are objections on the right side of the Chamber, because in this way there can be a division between people who do and do not want to be tested.

A number of parties wondered whether the whole project is worth the money: in order to enable large-scale testing, the Cabinet has set aside about EUR 1 billion.

Own contribution 7,50 euro

Parties also have questions about costs for citizens. The first months the government takes on the cost of the tests, but after July 1, people have to pay their own contribution. That own contribution would be 7.50 euros and will only apply to major events such as festivals. Among other things, the PvdA and D66 oppose this.

And then there is the question of the vaccination certificate. D66 wants that to come into the law as an alternative to a negative test certificate. In other words, if you were vaccinated, you wouldnt have to show a negative test.

According to the Ministry of Health, its too early for that. First it is necessary to clarify whether and to what extent vaccination prevents people from becoming infected or passing on the virus. The Health Council will issue an opinion on this in mid-May.

Todays debate with foreign ministers De Jonge van Healthcare and Vant Wout of Economic Affairs starts at 10.30 a.m. and there is no less than 12 p.m. It can be followed live via Decceit channels on Facebook and YouTube and NPO Politics.