Austrian authorities have announced that the country has decided to suspend its law requiring all adults to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The vaccine’s mandate was announced four months ago and took full effect in February. In keeping with the rules set by law, everyone was required to complete the vaccination by March 15, and the police were expected to conduct the checks from that date.
At the time, the authorities confirmed that anyone who does not adhere to the vaccination rules will face a fine of up to 3,600 euros.
However, taking into account the current situation of COVID-19 within the country and the mild symptoms caused by the virus, Austria’s Constitutional Minister, Caroline Edtstadler, said that the authorization will be temporarily suspended as this measure is not appropriate to the situation, TheSchengen.com reports.
The move means that those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be obligated to do so. In addition, it also indicates that non-immune people will no longer be subject to restrictions.
However, Edtstadler emphasized that the regulatory framework will remain in place, indicating that they may reintroduce the mandate again if the COVID-19 situation begins to deteriorate.
According to Euronews, Austria’s Health Minister, Johannes Rauch, said the mandate for mandatory vaccination would remain suspended until they reassess the situation and the impact of such a decision.
Additional information on this subject is expected to be published in the coming days.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control reveals that 83.1 percent of the total adult population in Austria has completed the initial vaccination so far. In addition, the same observations indicate that 66.8 percent have already received an additional vaccine dose.
As for infection rates, World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that Austria has reported 226,700 new cases of COVID-19 in the past seven days.
Despite these numbers, Austria has already lifted its domestic coronavirus restrictions. Austrian authorities announced last week that travelers, as well as the country’s citizens, will no longer have to follow measures to protect against the Corona virus.
It has been emphasized that only the wearing of masks will remain mandatory when attending certain designated venues.
“On March 5, all Covid protection measures will be lifted except for the mandatory FFP2 masks in public transport and in essential stores,” the authorities said.
Additionally, Austria now applies less strict entry rules for incoming travelers as well. Everyone can now enter Austria as long as they present a certificate of vaccination, refund or negative test result.
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