May 22, 2022

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Austria becomes EU first country to make COVID-19 vaccine mandatory

Austria becomes EU first country to make COVID-19 vaccine mandatory



 

 

Austria becomes EU first country to make COVID-19 vaccine mandatory. 

 

 

 


After the Austrian parliament announced in November last year that it would be mandatory to vaccinate against the coronavirus, anti-vaccine protesters immediately launched anti-vaccine demonstrations and held regular protest rallies on weekends. (AFP)

 


Austria’s parliament approved on Thursday (January 20) to make it mandatory for adults to receive a coronavirus vaccine from February, becoming the first European Union country to make it mandatory.

 

According to Agence France-Presse, the Austrian parliament announced in November last year that it would make the vaccination against the coronavirus mandatory, hoping to push up the national vaccination rate.

 

Anti-vaccine protesters immediately launched anti-vaccine demonstrations and regularly held protest rallies on weekends.

 

All political parties in Austria, except far-right parties, support the mandatory vaccination bill. The 183-seat Austrian parliament voted 137 in favour to 33 against the bill on Thursday.

 

So far, 72% of Austria’s residents have been vaccinated against Covid-19 – slightly in line with the EU-wide average, but the country’s rate is still several percentage points lower than neighbours Italy and France.

 

On January 16th, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehamer announced that the mandatory vaccination law will be implemented, except for pregnant women or those who cannot be vaccinated due to health reasons such as allergies and organ transplantation, and those who have been diagnosed and recovered within 6 months, all adults over the age of 18 living in Austria. Vaccinations are mandatory and are expected to be officially implemented on February 1.

 

The police have started random inspections since mid-March. Those who do not have the vaccine will be fined 600 euros, and they can be exempted from being vaccinated within 2 weeks after receiving the ticket; if they refuse to pay, they can be fined up to 3,600 euros.

 

 

 

 

Austria becomes EU first country to make COVID-19 vaccine mandatory

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