Mandatory vaccination against covid-19 will take effect in Austria in early February, according to a bill presented today by the government in Vienna.
Vaccination will be mandatory for all Austrian citizens over the age of 18, and random population checks will begin in mid-March, said Health Minister Wolfgang Mikstein. Those who refuse to be vaccinated will be fined between 600 and 3,600 euros, after being given another chance to be vaccinated with a specific deadline.
Exceptions to the law will be pregnant women and anyone who can not be vaccinated for medical reasons. Those who have been vaccinated may not be vaccinated for the next 180 days.
Chancellor Carl Nehammer said the new law was not a battle between the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, but a battle for society as a whole to live freely again.