Austria introduces new bill, individual who refuse to take CCP virus vaccine faces heavy fines

Translated by: MOS Information Team – baoliaofen

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On January 21, local time, the Austrian parliament has passed a bill to make vaccination mandatory for all citizens, and those who refuse will face a fine of up to 3,600 euros ($4,000).

In a parliamentary vote on Thursday, a large majority of Austrian MPs voted to require their citizens to be vaccinated with the CCP virus vaccine, those who refuse will face hefty fine. Among them, 137 MPs voted in favor of mandatory vaccination, while only 33 voted against it.

The bill will go to the upper house for debate and approval. The bill has a high probability of passing because Austria’s ruling party, a coalition of the center-right People’s Party and the Green Party which holds a majority in parliament. The right-wing Freedom Party is the only party in the parliament that opposes the vaccine mandate.

The bill will take effect on February 1. Every Austrian adult (except for pregnant women or those have medical exemptions) will then be required to receive the CCP virus vaccine. Fines for those who refuse will be enforced from mid-March and citizens who do not comply will eventually be fined up to 3,600 euros ($4,000).

The law will authorize the authorities to maintain a database of each citizen’s vaccination status and the expiration date of those statuses, which officials can search. The law will remain in effect until 2024.

The announcement sparked massive protests when the Austrian government first proposed mandatory vaccination back in November of last year. At the time, Austria had one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe and has since climbed above the EU average. Currently, Austria’s complete vaccination rate is just over 70 percent, according to the World Health Organization.

However, the demonstration activities continue, with thousands of people taking to the streets of Vienna last weekend to demand the repeal of the law. More demonstrations are expected this weekend after the law has been passed.

Since last November, Austria has implemented a series of draconian measures to curb the spread of the CCP virus, but apparently none have worked. Despite the lockdown of unvaccinated people and a nationwide mandate to wear masks – both enforced by police and stiff fines – Austria recorded more cases of CCP virus on Thursday than at any time during the pandemic so far.


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