There were already signs of turning away: compulsory corona vaccination in Austria will be abolished – politics

the Corona vaccination obligation in Austria will be abolished. This was announced by Health Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens) on Thursday in Vienna. In the end, the law was on hold anyway. “Compulsory vaccination doesn’t get anyone to vaccinate,” said Rauch.

The compulsory vaccination was announced at the end of 2021 and applied from February. It was supported by all parliamentary parties except for the right-wing FPÖ. Austria was a pioneer in the EU. Other countries only had age-specific regulations. It was originally planned in Austria, starting March 15, to threaten anyone who refuses a fine of up to 3,600 euros.

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There were indications of a departure from the obligation to vaccinate

But already at the beginning of March it had changed indicated a move away from compulsory vaccination. At that time, the government of the conservative ÖVP and the Greens said that the requirement was not proportionate to the prevailing Omicron variant.

The debate about compulsory vaccination has torn deep rifts among families, clubs and companies, said Rauch. Society needs solidarity, especially at a time marked by many worries, massive inflation and the Ukraine war

With a view to new corona waves, the population must be convinced of the usefulness of a booster vaccination. “We can only do this if the willingness is based on voluntariness,” said Rauch.

Interest in vaccination has declined since the beginning of the year

Despite the threat of mandatory vaccination, interest in an injection had declined significantly since the beginning of the year. Since March there has been a particularly pronounced lull in the vaccination stations. On Wednesday, only 140 people received an injection for the first time. 3,500 received a second shot or a booster shot. 62.4 percent of Austrians have valid vaccinations.

Similar to Germany the number of new corona infections is currently increasing significantly. The seven-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in Austria is currently around 550. The number of patients in the normal wards of the hospitals has recently increased again.

The situation in the intensive care units has so far remained unchanged. The occupancy of the beds with Covid 19 patients is similarly low there as in summer 2021. (dpa)

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