After the debate about mandatory vaccinations in the National Council had started intensively on Thursday and, as expected, had dragged on, the vote was then taken at around 7:00 p.m. with a delay of almost three hours. But then everything happened very quickly: One after the other, the parliamentarians were called up in alphabetical order and asked to come to the podium to cast their ballots – white for compulsory vaccination, red against compulsory vaccination. This quickly resulted in a – unsurprisingly – mood picture. The introduction of compulsory vaccination in Austria on February 1, 2022 is therefore a done deal.
Just as expected, FPÖ club boss Herbert Kickl made his statement against compulsory vaccination in his speech. He also made a promise: He assured that he would overturn the vaccination requirement.
“I’m horrified, I’m stunned, I’m shaken and I’m shocked,” Kickl had previously opened the debate and continued no less dramatically: The measure paved the way for totalitarianism, it was about the “introduction of health communism ”. The FPÖ chairman was also certain that the opponents of compulsory vaccination were in the minority in the National Council, but not outside the House of Commons, where the law would be overturned through official channels and elections: the government would not escape its “just punishment”. , Kickl believes.