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Austria plans to fine up to $ 4,000 for those over 14 who do not get vaccinated, a measure that they consider as the only one to protect society and avoid continuous confinement against the pandemic.
Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein explained that once the four-week legal review period has passed, the plan is to debate and pass the law in Parliament to take effect in early February.
Vaccination appointments will be established every three months to which all unvaccinated citizens will be summoned. Those who don’t, they will have to pay a fine of about $ 680.
Refusing, would initiate a process that can end with a penalty of up to $ 4,000, although the amount will be adjusted to the income level of the affected person.
The minister acknowledged that, when he took office last April, he did not think it would be necessary to impose mandatory vaccination, because there would be enough people who would decide to be immunized.
However, the current full vaccination rate, below 68 percent of the population, “is not enough” to protect society against the disease caused by the coronavirus, the minister added.
Opposition in Parliament
Pregnant women will be exempt from the obligation, although the minister recommended that they be vaccinated, and those who cannot do so for health reasons, must present a medical certification.
In this regard, the minister warned that physicians who issue false certificates may also be penalized with up to $ 4,000.
In principle, the law will be in force until January 2024. “You cannot go from confinement to confinement. We need the solidarity of the whole world to be able to face this enormous challenge ”, declared the minister for the Constitution, the conservative Karoline Edtstadler.
He assured that this measure is “the last resort” and something that no one wanted to have to apply but also “the only way” to ensure the freedom that those who oppose the vaccine claim, precisely.
The measure also has the support of the social democratic and liberal opposition, and the opposition of the ultranationalists of the FPÖ.
The four parties that support this law have 151 of the 183 seats in Parliament. The FPÖ, for its part, denounces the measure as dictatorial.
This training has come to recommend the use of products to deworm horses or ibuprofen as effective remedies against covid-19.
The details of the mandatory vaccination law against covid-19 are announced in the final stretch of the current confinement that will end next Saturday, December 11, 2021, at midnight.
With information from DW.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.