Coronavirus vaccinations are now mandatory for the general adult population in Austria, as per a law that took effect on Saturday. President Alexander Van der Bellen had signed the “Federal Law on the Obligation to Vaccinate against Covid-19” after its approval by parliament.
It is the strictest mandate of its kind in Europe. In neighbouring Germany, for example, the introduction of compulsory vaccinations for the general population is still under discussion.
Italy and Greece have introduced mandatory jabs only for older citizens. In Austria, the new rule applies to all residents aged 18 and above, except for pregnant persons and those who cannot get vaccinated due to medical issues. People who have recently recovered from a Covid infection are also exempt under certain conditions. Violators will be fined by up to 3,600 euros (4,100 dollars) from mid-March. Only then will random checks be carried out.