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Austrian parliament set to approve Covid vaccine mandate for adults

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Austrian parliament set to approve Covid vaccine mandate for adults

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Austria’s lower house of parliament voted on Thursday to make Covid vaccines compulsory for almost everyone aged 18 and over.

The law would go into effect on February 1. The bill still needs to pass the upper house and be signed by the president, Alexander Van der Bellen, but both are considered formalities at this stage.

Austria would be the first European country with such a broad mandate. Italy has made vaccinations compulsory for those over 50, with fines for those who do not comply, and Greece has made vaccinations compulsory for those aged 60 and over. Other European countries have made the vaccine passport compulsory for certain activities.

Under Austrian law, people who are pregnant or cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons and those who have recently recovered from Covid will be exempt.

Once the law comes into force, all households will be notified. The government has said it will begin routine vaccination status checks in mid-March, including roadside checks.

Once vaccination checks begin, people who cannot immediately produce proof of vaccination will be reported to authorities and may be fined up to 600 euros ($685). If people dispute their fine, it can go up to 3,600 euros, or about $4,000.

The law is expected to last until 2024. Austria’s current vaccination rate is 75%, similar to France and Italy, and new cases average 17,846 per day, according to the database. New York Times data.

The government announced its intention to make vaccinations compulsory in November. At the time, the country had just implemented a lockdown for the unvaccinated, which was causing a spike in infections.

Austrian parliament set to approve Covid vaccine mandate for adults

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