Compulsory vaccination in Austria will start at the beginning of February for all citizens over 18. Those who refuse will be fined up to a maximum of 3,600 euros from mid-March says Chancellor Nehammer.
Chancellor Nehammer says vaccination is "the best guarantee to live in freedom," However, pregnant women, recently recovered persons, and persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons are exempt from the forced vaccination. For now, there will be no prison penalties.
There are two points to be made about this ruling. Firstly, fines mean the wealthy can "buy their way out." Secondly, whilst there are no prison penalties, what happens if an individual cannot or refuses to pay the fine?
Finally, it's worth directing readers to the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (see below)