Citizens turning down the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine will face fines of up to €3,600 ($4,110) every three months. This equates to a monthly penalty of €1,200 ($1,370). However, Health Minister Wolfgang Mueckstein said officials can impose a smaller €600 fine ($685) as an alternative.
Chancellor Karl Nehammer said on Sunday, Jan. 16, that this proposal would be implemented "as planned" beginning February 2022.
He explained that February 2022 would serve as a "transition period" in order to give unvaccinated Austrians more time to "be persuaded" to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The chancellor added that "more information will be made available to them" for this purpose.
According to Nehammer, the measure will be carried out in three phases following the transition period. In the first phase, which is set to start in mid-March 2022, health authorities in the country will start checking the vaccination status of all Austrians 18 years old and up.
The measure will then proceed to the second phase "if the progress of the vaccination rate is still not sufficient." Unvaccinated Austrians will be sent a "reminder letter" to get injected with the COVID-19 vaccine, with the €3,600 ($4,110) fine to be imposed every three months. (Related: Austrians who refuse COVID vaccines to face MONTHLY fines under new law.)
In the third phase, Austrians who remain adamant in turning down the shot would receive a letter with a vaccination appointment. Non-compliance and refusal to attend to the vaccination appointment will merit additional fines. "[In the] best case scenario, we won't even need this third phase," Nehammer told reporters.
The measure will apply to all adults living in Austria, but those granted a medical exemption to vaccination will be exempt. Any fines or legal action against Austrians notified by the authorities would be dropped upon showing proof of vaccination within two weeks of being informed.
However, Vienna's proposal to penalize unvaccinated Austrians faced opposition from the citizens themselves. More than 20,000 people marched on the streets of the capital on Jan. 15, a day before Nehammer announced the plan's approval. The Austrian government also received more than 100,000 comments from citizens opposing the plan during a public consultation.
Members of Austrian law enforcement also expressed disagreement with the plan to punish the unvaccinated through a letter signed by more than 600 police officers. The letter sent to Interior Minister Gerhard Karner said a significant part of the Austrian Federal Police sides with the health freedom protesters against compulsory vaccination.
Nehammer defended his decision to approve the proposal in spite of the opposition.
Austrian Minister for the European Union and the Constitution Karoline Edtstadler also defended the measure.
"There are still well over a million Austrians who aren't vaccinated, [and] that is too many. We sill have an obligation and a need to increase vaccination coverage so that we don't go from lockdown to lockdown," she said.
"I say very clearly that we don't want to punish the people who aren't vaccinated. We want to bring them along … [and] convince them of this vaccination. We want them to show solidarity with everyone so that we can regain our freedom." (Related: Austria has practically made it ILLEGAL for people to exist without getting COVID-19 vaccines.)
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