The Austrian authorities may impose fines of up to 7,200 euros to anyone who repeatedly fails to attend an appointment for vaccination against COVID-19 once the Protection Law against Coronavirus, in February 2022.
Following a summons from the district authorities and failure to attend, the person will receive a new citation four weeks later. If you ignore it too, you will be fined 3,600 euros or suspended prison sentence of four weeks.
The fine will reach up to 7,200 euros after a third offense or if “the administrative offense has generated a serious risk to the life or health of a person”, according to a bill prepared by the Government and filtered this Monday by The press. The rule will apply to any person residing in Austria.
Austria prepares to impose a general compulsory vaccination from February 22 for all people who reside or live regularly in Austria, although there will be exceptions for those who cannot be vaccinated for reasons of health or age.
On November 22, Austria returned to total confinement due to the exponential increase in infections with the coronavirus, the measure must end on December 13.
About 40,000 people have demonstrated this Saturday in different cities to protest the introduction of mandatory vaccination, as well as measures to control the coronavirus.
The most massive of these concentrations has taken place in Graz, capital of the state of Styria, located in the southeast of the country, where more than 30,000 people have gathered in what is the second most populous city in Austria and they have chanted songs like “Paz, Libertad. No to the dictatorship ”.
In addition to Graz, the concentrations have occurred in several cities of the country such as Innsbruck, Sankt Polten, O Klagenfurt, where a total of 10,500 people have gathered and There have been specific episodes of tension or confrontations between the Police and the protesters.
The new variant puts Europe on edge
The health authorities of Austria and the Czech Republic have confirmed this Monday two cases of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, two people who have traveled to African countries recently.
In the case of Austria, the Ministry of Health has reported that a suspected case of omicron has been confirmed “definitively”. This is a person from Tyrol who has tested positive for COVID-19 after a trip to South Africa. Currently, he has no symptoms.
The Tyrolean authorities have asked all citizens who have traveled to South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini in the last 14 days to undergo a PCR, which must be repeated on the fifth and tenth day after their return to Austria. So far, 31 people have responded to the call and 20 of them have already tested negative for COVID-19. Authorities are studying the evidence of eleven other people.
(With information from Europa Press)