Austria: Massive Protest over Nationwide Lockdown and Govt. to Force Vaccines in February

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Austria announced that Covid vaccines will be compulsory by February 2022, citing a 66% vaccination rate. Authorities will first offer an appointment for people who haven’t taken a shot. A penalty fine up to 3,600 euros ($4,000) will follow if the offer is rejected. The government also plans fines up to 1,500 euros for refusal to take a booster shot. A full lockdown was imposed nationwide, confining to their homes. Schools are open, but attendance is discouraged. A large rally, organized by the right-wing Freedom Party, drew 40,000 protesters in Vienna alone.

Austrians who refuse to get a coronavirus vaccines will face fines of up to 3,600 euros ($4,000) once mandatory inoculations kick in next year.

The penalties are part of a dramatic move by the government to boost vaccination levels as it grapples with a surge in cases that’s forced the country back into lockdown.

Authorities will first offer an appointment for people who haven’t taken a shot. Penalties will follow if the offer is rejected, according to plans for the measure that will come into force in February.

Austria would be the first western European country to make coronavirus vaccinations compulsory. It’s stands out with one of the region’s lowest inoculation rates, at about 66% of the eligible population, and some of the hardest-hit regions in the latest wave of the virus.

There will also be fines, of up to 1,500 euros, for refusal to take a booster shot, according to Minister for the Constitution Karoline Edtstadler.

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Hat Bailey
Hat Bailey
2 months ago

This this crisis is revealing the so called “governments” that are actually lusting after power over the people and their pretense of being a free and democratic nation for what it really is. God bless all those striving for liberty and justice.