Austria will go into yet another nationwide lockdown on Monday, this time for at least ten days, as it announces intentions to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory starting in February.
As reported by the Guardian:
“The age from which people will be required to be vaccinated has not yet been determined. Those refusing to be vaccinated are likely to face administrative fines, which can be converted into a prison sentence if the fine cannot be recovered.”
“For a long time, the consensus in this country was that we don’t want a vaccine mandate,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said. “In spite of months of persuasion, we have not managed to convince enough people to be vaccinated.”
Asked by CNN from what age the mandatory vaccination order would apply, the Austrian Chancellory said: “Details are still to come, from what age and when you are considered fully vaccinated.”
Austrian Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein said “Friday that schools and kindergartens would remain open during the upcoming national lockdown.”
According to Worldometers statistics, Austria’s seven-day moving average of COVID-19 deaths was 43. As of November 18, the country had witnessed 11,903 deaths and over 1 million illnesses as a result of the epidemic.
The country said earlier this week that anyone who had not taken the vaccine would be put under lockdown.
“We are not taking this step lightly, but unfortunately it is necessary,” Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said at the time.
The BBC reported at the time, “Unvaccinated people will only be allowed to leave home for limited reasons, like working or buying food. About 65% of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated – one of the lowest rates in Western Europe.”
New York Times reported this: “Many European countries have already instituted mandates in all but name only — requiring strict health passes as proof of vaccination, recovery from infection or a negative test to partake in most social functions, travel or to go to work. Many already require children to be vaccinated against measles and other illnesses to attend school.
The notion of requiring vaccination in adults against Covid was a line that Europe had seemed unwilling to cross, however, with leaders often contrasting their respect for civil liberties with authoritarian-styled countries.”
Vaccine mandates have also been a hot topic of debate in the United States in recent months. The Biden administration stated this week that the regulation requiring private enterprises to ensure that their employees are either vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested for COVID-19 would be suspended.
Since the administration announced the mandate, it has faced strong opposition and many lawsuits.
From The Daily Wire:
“The Daily Wire was the first organization to challenge the rule in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court was later chosen via lottery to consolidate and oversee the numerous legal challenges over the rule.”
“On November 12, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a motion to stay OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, published on November 5, 2021 (86 Fed. Reg. 61402) (‘ETS’),” the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on Wednesday morning. “The court ordered that OSHA ‘take no steps to implement or enforce’ the ETS ‘until further court order.’ While OSHA remains confident in its authority to protect workers in emergencies, OSHA has suspended activities related to the implementation and enforcement of the ETS pending future developments in the litigation.”