Austrian Parliament approves mandate for COVID-19 vaccine

The Austrian Parliament has approved the COVID-19 Vaccine Directive, which requires adults over the age of 18 to be fully vaccinated against the CCP virus.

The Senate of the Austrian Parliament voted 47-12 late February 3 after voting in the House of Representatives on January 20 to approve the requirements.

The drastic measures will be Europe’s first country to require the COVID-19 vaccine for almost all adults, following a formal procedure of being signed by Austrian President Alexander van der Beren and Prime Minister Karl Nehammer before being enacted. ..

The government has long announced that it intends to bring the mission into effect in early February. When the measures are implemented, authorities will send a letter to all households to inform them of the new regulations.

“Today is an important day,” Health Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein said in a parliamentary debate. Regarding the vaccine’s mission, he said Austria “is not just reacting, it is taking a positive and positive step.”

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Austrian Health Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein will address a press conference on November 19, 2021 in Pertisau, Tyrol, Austria. (Johann Groder / EXPA / AFP via Getty Images)

There will be no checks until March 15th, when police officers will start regular patrols to check the vaccination status of people. At a later stage (when vaccination registration is initiated and performed), a more thorough check will begin. The date for this third phase has not yet been specified as of February 3.

Those who cannot prove that they have been vaccinated with the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, also known as the new coronavirus, will be required to be vaccinated in writing, otherwise fined up to € 600 ($ 676). Can be done. t.

Vaccination mandates occur when COVID-19 has lifted a strict blockade that has banned access to shops, restaurants and other public areas without vaccination.

Mayor Michael Ludwig announced on February 3 that some areas will continue to be blocked, including Vienna, which requires vaccination or COVID-19 recovery to enter the restaurant.

Nehammer had previously stated that the unvaccinated blockade, which had been in force since November 2021, is no longer necessary as the hospital’s intensive care unit could not be over-expanded.

Nehammer said in January that if authorities determined that the country’s vaccination rate was inadequate, it would send reminders to those who were not vaccinated. If the vaccination rate does not decrease, you will receive an unsolicited vaccination appointment and you will be fined if you do not accept it.

If people disagree with the penalties and the full procedure is initiated, the fine can reach € 3,600 ($ 4,116).

About 69% of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is one of the lowest vaccination rates in Western Europe.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Mimi Nguyen Lee


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