The “Action Group of Independent and Freedomists” (AUF-Police) did it together with the “Free Executive Union” (FEG): In July, they pointed out in an application to the Federal Ministry of the Interior that the Covid “full immunization” required for police applicants ” is disproportionate and unjustified. The Federal Ministry of the Interior reacted quickly: on August 10, the compulsory vaccination for police applicants was canceled with immediate effect.
Im application to deletion of the point “Required proof of
Full immunization against COVID-19″ from the application and recruitment requirements for the police service of July 8, 2022, the voter group of the AUF / FEG pointed out that the compulsory vaccination represents an “unjustifiable obstacle to the application”: the general vaccination requirement has fallen, which means that such a restriction can no longer be legally justified. Furthermore, it was stated there:
This disproportionate measure is already having a massive impact on the number of applications, since a large number of potential applicants do not want to be vaccinated per se. The required COVID proof therefore also has negative medium-term effects on the number of staff at the BM.I.
Some federal states are already unable to fill the approved admission numbers in the courses, or only with difficulty, and the quality of the entire admission procedure also decreases due to the “discriminatory” exclusion of suitable candidates.
Am 12. August announced UP police now that the application was successful: The Federal Ministry of the Interior ended the vaccination requirement for police applicants with immediate effect.
This was positively commented on by the FPÖ boss, among others Herbert Kickl, who, however, also pointed out:
It’s just a shame that ÖVP Minister of the Interior Karner took so long to finally eliminate this mistake made by his predecessor Nehammer. Unfortunately, because of this senseless and ideologically motivated restriction, many suitable potential applicants have now taken a different career path. “Thank you” ÖVP…