If someone gets on a plane with me, then they have to be able to trust that I can fly the thing, ”said the amateur pilot. “And if I want advice about my health, I ask a doctor and that’s how I deal with it.” At the same time, Hofer left no doubt that he was on the party line when it came to compulsory vaccination. Kickl also “made it clear that it is not about telling people to get vaccinated or not to get vaccinated”. The trusted doctor must advise the patient and he must then “be able to decide freely”, said Hofer. For that part of the population that is still considering vaccination, he considers compulsory vaccination “rather harmful, because then a certain defensive attitude occurs”. “I think you have to convince.” And this work of persuasion should be done by doctors, not politicians or athletes.
Hofer was cautious about the question of whether he could run again in the 2022 federal presidential election. It is “very interesting” that, for the last few weeks, the letters he has been receiving have been focusing on this topic again. “Personally, I haven’t made up my mind yet and I’ll be making the decision very, very late,” he said. (APA / red)