Corona pandemic: Austria introduces compulsory vaccination

As of: 01/20/2022 7:20 p.m

Austria was the first EU country to make compulsory corona vaccinations. The vast majority of the members of the National Council approved the bill. A billion-dollar lottery is intended to convince vaccine skeptics.

Austria is introducing a general obligation to vaccinate to combat the corona pandemic. This was decided by the National Council with a large majority. The step is the most far-reaching regulation in the EU to date. Italy and Greece only have mandatory vaccinations for older people.

In addition, a vaccination lottery worth up to 1.4 billion euros is intended to increase the willingness to immunize in Austria. The compulsory vaccination should apply to all citizens who are at least 18 years old. Exceptions are made for pregnant women and anyone who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. Those who have recovered are also exempt from the obligation to vaccinate up to 180 days after the Covid 19 disease. Violations of the obligation are subject to income-related penalties of up to 3,600 euros.

The Bundesrat, i.e. the chamber of the federal states, will probably also have to approve the law on February 3rd – but that is considered a formality.

Parliament in Austria decides on compulsory vaccination

Nikolaus Neumaier, ARD Vienna, daily news 3:00 p.m., January 20, 2022

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