, Dec 9 () –
The Austrian government is preparing a bill that provides fines of up to 3,600 euros to people who do not get vaccinated against the coronavirus, in an attempt to increase vaccination figures amid a rebound in cases.
The Minister for the Constitution and the EU, Karoline Edtstadler, has indicated, at a press conference, that the Government estimates that this measure will affect about a million people who have not yet been immunized, reports ‘Wiener Zeitung’.
The project is scheduled to come into effect on February 10, valid until 2024, and will affect all people over 14 years of age. The fines will range between 600 and 3,600 euros, although fined people will be able to avoid payment if they are vaccinated.
The exception to these fines will be those under 14 years of age, pregnant women, those who have a medical justification for not receiving the vaccines or those who have had the disease in the last 180 days.
The Minister of Health, Wolfgang Mueckstein, has indicated that “if a proof (of vaccination) is presented, the fine will be canceled.” Currently, 68 percent of the population in Austria is inoculated, so all those who are not yet immunized will receive a letter with an appointment for vaccination before Christmas, “without waiting”, stressed Mueckstein.
The project, presented this Thursday, has the backing of four of the five parties that have representation in Parliament.