Coronavirus – Austria: Compulsory vaccination for all over 14 years of age from 1 February

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Fine of up to 600 euros every three months will be imposed on those who are not vaccinated against it coronavirus from 1 February 2022, provides for a draft law prepared by its government Austria. Exceptions for him compulsory vaccination –According to the Austrian public television ÖRF– will be provided for those under 14 years of age, pregnant women, recovering from Covid-19 up to six months after the positive test and those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons.

The fine may even reach € 3,600 per vaccine dose planned by the competent authorities and not carried out.

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From On 15 February all non-vaccinated permanent residents of Austria will receive an invitation to be vaccinated on specific dates and from March 15th fines will begin to be imposed. A period of 14-42 days will be allowed between the 1st and 2nd dose, while the 3rd dose should be administered 120-270 days after the 2nd. By the same token, 28,423 vaccination certificates are now invalidated in Austria, as their validity was originally set at 360 days, but is now reduced to 270.

Austria has been in a global lockdown since mid-November, scheduled to last until Sunday 12 December.

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The country’s ski resorts are currently open only for vaccinated and sick people, but one can not stay overnight in a hotel or visit a restaurant.

Despite the removal of the lockdown, not everything is expected to work

By the end of the week, the federation and the states will have to agree on lifting the restrictions and the measures to be taken.According to the Austrian newspaper Der Standard, even after the end of the lockdown, not all areas of public life are expected to function equally.

“It is not possible to unlock everything in one night,” warned Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens).

The state of Upper Austria has already announced that it will extend the duration of the lockdown by at least a week, while the Prime Minister of Styria Herman Sutzenhofer told the Kleine Zeitung that strict rules can be applied to the retail trade and was very cautious about concerns the operation of the catering.

The number of cases has dropped in the last two weeks, but remains high. On Sunday, 5,192 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 were recorded. 3,029 patients with Covid-19 are being treated in hospitals, 651 in Intensive Care Units.

At the same time tens of thousands protested against quarantine and compulsory vaccination for the third consecutive weekend.

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