Australia became the first European country
Austria became the first country in the European Union to make COVID vaccination mandatory. The government had announced this only last year. In early February, it was made law that people 18 years of age or older will be required to get the Kovid vaccine. The rule of home confinement was made for not taking the Kovid vaccine in the country. Along with this, there was also a rule to pay a fine of up to 3600 euros for refusing to apply the vaccine in the country.
Rules apply to every adult
This mandate was applicable to all adults except pregnant women. The law went into effect in February, but lawmakers suspended the mandate in mid-March before police enforced it.
The effect of the law on the unity of the country
Health Minister Johannes Rauch said the new virus variant has changed citizens’ perceptions about the effectiveness and need for vaccination. This law caused a split among 90 lakh people of the country. Rauch said that we need solidarity at all costs to deal with the difficult months and years to come. The debate around compulsory vaccination has undermined our solidarity.
62% people got vaccinated
However, even after the enactment of the law, there was not much improvement in the statistics of vaccination here. Current figures show that only 62% of the population in the country has a valid vaccination certificate, far behind many other European countries. A total of 18,700 people have died so far in Austria due to the corona virus.