Mandatory vaccination suffers setback in Austria
Jan 10, 2022
Due to technical complications, the registration of mandatory vaccines will only be possible by April, two months later than envisioned by the Austrian government. Meanwhile, experts are questioning the effectiveness of mandatory vaccinations.
The technical implementation of mandatory vaccinations will only be possible by April, the ELGA GmbH, which is responsible for the technical execution of the measure said on Friday – a setback for the government which planned on introducing the mandatory vaccination by February.
While the government said it wants to stick to its February timeline, it will “take into account” the potential technical difficulties and might extend the period after which it will issue fines for the unvaccinated.
At the same time, academic voices criticising compulsory vaccinations are growing louder. According to epidemiologist Gerald Gartlehner, the highly infectious Omicron wave will accelerate immunisation at a speed “never seen before.”
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