In reaction to an increase in illnesses that have inundated its institutions with critical COVID-19 patients, Austria became the first democratic country in the west to impose forced immunization.
COVID-19 immunization will be compulsory in the Alpine nation starting in February 2022, according to leader Alexander Schallenberg.
Austria breaking all the records
Austria is the first EU nation — one of the first on the globe — to make coronavirus immunization mandatory. “We haven’t been able to vaccinate enough unvaccinated kids.” The most recent efforts have boosted daily immunizations, but not nearly enough, according to Schallenberg.
“For a long time, there was a national agreement that a vaccine mandate was unnecessary, but we must face reality.” Austria will similarly go into a statewide lockdown, starting next Monday for a maximum of 20 days, according to Schallenberg.
Schellenberg’s decision (which comes a little over a month after his predecessors Sebastian Kurz resigned over a corruption probe) signals a drastic shift in Vienna’s policy reaction after Austria’s fourth coronavirus pandemic went berserk.
Austria will now be imposing a COVID lockdown on vaccinated AND unvaccinated people.
They have also announced that a VACCINE MANDATE for the ENTIRE COUNTRY will be put into force by February — the first in the world.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) November 19, 2021
Upwards of 15,000 new cases are reported Thursday, up from 11,000 earlier this week, as the central EU nation grapples with an escalating infection rate.
The rate of infection, which is calculated as the number of weekly infections per 100,000 persons, is approaching 1,000. A commission was appointed this week in Salzburg’s worst-affected region.
Here, the rate of infection has surpassed 1,700; the commission’s purpose is to determine which COVID-19 victims may receive intensive care and which cannot.
Despite abundant availability of doses purchased centrally for EU member states, Austria’s nine million people have opted for the coronavirus vaccine at a rate of 65.5 percent, which is low by western standards.
Is there resistance?
This reflects a higher level of suspicion in German-speaking countries, particularly in areas where conservative parties who campaigned on opposing pandemic restrictions have a large following.
As a result, societies have become vulnerable to the delta version of the coronavirus (according to leftists), which is more infectious than previous iterations of the coronavirus and flourishes in colder temperatures.
Listen up folks—we need to talk about Austria 🇦🇹 & what they are doing.
COMPLETE MESS FROM ACTING TOO LATE—now scrambling to compensate for late boosters & against anti-vaxxers. 🇦🇹 now adding lockdown & Europe’s first full vaccine mandate…🧵👇 #COVID19 https://t.co/ZMHaJ3L9F3 pic.twitter.com/Ulz0JUFegw
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) November 19, 2021
Schallenberg turned to a “lockdown of the not vaccinated,” in which they would only be permitted to leave their houses to go to work or perform vital errands, in accordance with the heads of Austria’s districts.
After a week, the board decided individuals who have been vaccinated will be subject to the same regulations as those who have not been immunized. In a republic, a general vaccine authorization is a last resort, but the emergency situation appears to have left the Vienna administration with few options.
“The regime is unwillingly undertaking this, but as the president stated, he has few alternative options,” said Martin McKee, a global health expert at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases.
“If someone else has a superior idea, they should share it. This acts as a reminder of the need for a “vaccine plus” approach, as well as the need of acting quickly if there are any signs of an increase in cases.”