Austria becomes the first country to require all adults to be vaccinated. The rules have came after a vaccination mandate bill was passed in Parliament which allows people to receive civil penalties if they don’t comply.
An ‘introductory phase’ will begin until mid-March to encourage citizens to get vaccinated. This will be followed by an introduction of strict rules including hefty fines of up to €3,600. Exemptions will be made for certain medical reasons or pregnancy.
Chancellor Karl Nehammer said, “Vaccination is an opportunity for our society to achieve lasting and continuous freedom, because the virus cannot restrict us any further.”