The announcement of the compulsory vaccination and a national lockdown imposed on Monday caused one of the largest demonstrations in the Second Republic on Saturday – various estimates assume 35,000 to 100,000 participants in the mega-demo in Vienna. Many of the demonstrators said that compulsory vaccination was “anti-democratic”, “unconstitutional” and “dictatorial” for them. A look at the world map shows that so far only a handful of countries have introduced a general compulsory Covid vaccination. Those who have them are internationally recognized as authoritarian-led states.
In the AUSTRIA first general compulsory vaccination since the 3rd Reich is still alone in the EU. In France and Italy there are already compulsory vaccinations for certain occupational groups, but nowhere for the entire population. On the European continent there is so far only comparable in Vatican City State, which has 825 inhabitants. In the worst case, if you refuse to vaccinate, you will lose your job there, but there is no catalog of punishments. This is possibly due to the high average age of the Vatican citizens.
In the authoritarian ruled Central Asian republics Tajikistan and TURKMENISTAN At the beginning of July, all citizens over the age of 18 were obliged to vaccinate. Turkmenistan Like communist North Korea, it has not yet reported a single corona case to the World Health Authority (WHO), but the measures taken in recent months, such as the mandatory vaccination, speak a different language.
It was not until the beginning of July 2021 that the small South Pacific island nation MICRONESIA a general compulsory vaccination is prescribed. In September was on the South Pacific archipelago belonging to France NEW CALEDONIA also imposed a compulsory vaccination. In the South Pacific INDONESIA People who refuse to offer a Covid vaccination will be fined up to 300 euros.
In Austria there are no general vaccination requirements, but vaccination recommendations such as vaccination against measles are issued especially for children between 0 and 5 years of age. Around 80 percent of Austrians follow these recommendations. For certain professional groups, such as nurses or school staff, there are, however, mandatory vaccinations that are absolutely necessary. In addition to the Covid-19 vaccination, this also includes those against polio, influenza or pneumococci.
The previously known penalties for refusal to vaccinate have washed up. Anyone who has been vaccinated from February 1st and gets “caught” in the process can expect administrative penalties in the four-digit range. A completely unvaccinated person pays € 3600 if the first stitch is refused. If he cannot pay this sum, he will have to serve a substitute arrest in prison. But time is of the essence even for those who have already been vaccinated twice: Anyone who has not picked up the third stitch after February 1st (if the second sight was more than 6 months ago) must expect an administrative penalty of € 1,450.