torsdag 8. april 2021

Beijing colour-codes buildings to show workers’ Covid vaccination rates

Beijing authorities are colour-coding buildings to show the public the rates of vaccination among businesses’ employees, as part of a campaign to vaccinate more than 560 million people by June.

In recent weeks, green signs have appeared in the shopping centre in the Chinese capital’s financial district. The circular design showed a health worker in full PPE, holding a giant syringe and a medieval knight-style shield, and text declaring the vaccination rate of workers in the area was more than 80%. Other buildings with rates of 40-80% were marked with a blue sign, while a rate below 40% was signposted red.

The colour-coded signs roughly align with the digital health codes for individuals, which became a ubiquitous element of China’s Covid management last year, and allowed people to travel outside quarantined buildings and zones if they had a green code on their phone app.