December 5, 2021

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Austria announces everyone will be legally required to have Covid vaccine or face unspecified ‘penalties’

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Austria announces everyone will be legally required to have Covid vaccine or face unspecified 'penalties'

Austria has become the first European country to make Covid vaccines mandatory for everyone as the government ditched its ‘vaccine apartheid’ in favor of a full nationwide lockdown today.

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced that, from February 1, everyone will be legally required to have a Covid vaccine or face unspecified ‘penalties’. He did not make it clear which age groups will be included, though it is assumed there will be exemptions for the very young and those who cannot be jabbed for medical reasons.

‘For a long time there was consensus in this country that we do not want vaccinations to be compulsory,’ he said, before adding: ‘For a long time, maybe too long, it was assumed that it would be possible to achieve a high vaccination rate even without an obligation. Now we have to face reality.’

Health Minister¬†Wolfgang Muckstein said the government has consulted with constitutional lawyers who suggested such a move would be legal but said the start of the mandate has been pushed to next year to allow for a ‘proper review period’.

The move is likely to prove hugely controversial, and comes after Austria locked down only unvaccinated people earlier this week in a move dubbed ‘health apartheid’. That move was today scrapped in favor of a full lockdown, which will confine everyone to their homes starting Monday except for ‘essential’ reasons.¬†

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