Covid jabs could be mandatory in Austria as new lockdown looms

The Austrian government might be the first European country to make vaccines mandatory as it prepares legislation amid rising infection rates. 

The country’s chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg, is taking an increasingly hard-line on the matter as a new three-week lockdown for all Austrians approaches.

The “general obligation” to take the vaccine, as per Schallenberg, would start from February 1.

There is consensus among the mainstream political parties, however, there is also a contingent of people who express deep scepticism over the vaccine.

“But we have too many political forces, flimsy vaccine sceptics and spreaders of fake news in this country . . . despite campaigns [too many] people have still not been vaccinated,” the chancellor said.

As of now, there has been no information given out explaining how the “general obligation” will be implemented by the government.

The only other countries to have made vaccinations compulsory are Indonesia, the Federated States of Micronesia, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

“I have always emphasised that our goal must be to get the unvaccinated to vaccination instead of imprisoning the vaccinated,” said Schallenberg.

From December 13, bars, restaurants and non-essential shops will be closed down.

Déjà vu much?

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